Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"BOY OH BOY!" Finally a BOY shoot!

Many of you are probably thinking, do they EVER photograph men!? Well, yes actually we do and here is proof!  Meet Nhigel Anderson.  I met Nhigel through a buddy of mine who mentioned that his nephew was interested in modeling.  I took a look at some of the photos he had on his Facebook, and concluded that YES....Nhigel needed a shoot!

I  came up with three looks for Nhigel, a Tommy Bahama look, an Urban look, and a CK look.  From the very beginning I visualized a more edgy type of approach with lighting and I will show you here what was done differently to achieve it.  Trust me it is ALOT easier than you think!

For instance looky here at the difference between each shot.  mind you, we were shooting in the middle of the HOT bright sun and usually this creates flare ups and over blasted skies, which I don't always hate, but on this shoot as mentioned, I was going for here we go.

Notice photo 1 (natural light) shot in manual on my Canon 5D Mark II at 1/400 f7.1 ISO 100 on my Canon 24-70 f 2.8L lens   

Now....notice another photo taken at 1/200 f 11 at ISO are probably saying what's different?  Well, lighting is what is different. 

Here's how I did it.....and mind you this is only because I only had one lighting assistant and one light stick.  Val, my lovely lighting assistant (and if you believe this you are even funnier than me!)  Val stands for Voice Activated Lightstand...LOL!  Anyhow, my assistant is standing to the right of the camera, the light is roughly about 4 feet away from Nhigel, and after 1-2 tries I nailed the shot I wanted.

See the blue sky peeking through the palm trees?  THIS is what I wanted instead of that white sky as you see in photo 1.  Doesn't lighting just change the entire feel?  It gives it that edge and keeping this in mind, you can shoot all day long in that nasty hot blasting sunlight, challenge yourself.  It's ideal to shoot during photographer's twilight time, but why not use the ole brain cells, and make it happen no matter at what time of day you are shooting.

Here are a few of my favorite photos using more or less the same concepts.  ENJOY!  And do ask questions if you have them! 

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