A couple of weeks ago I had my first attempt at a model shoot. I placed an advert via the StarNow website and was pleasantly surprised to receive a number of responses. I arranged my first shoot with a lovely young lady by the name of Maruschke and her husband came along as well which was very useful, he was a very effective voice activated light stand (VAL for short). Having someone hold a reflector helps a lot!
Maruschke had done some modelling before which helped as she didn’t need much direction as I really needed to think about my lighting. I tried to keep my light setup fairly simple, initially using a single flash and later using two; to light the background and/or as a hair light. I shot with the camera on manual, around f/8 to f/11 with a shutter speed 1/125s to 1/200s.
I took around 250 shots in the end and I was quite pleased with the results for a first attempt at any rate. I tried beauty/clamshell lighting as well as some more Rembrandt style side lighting using a soft box. In the end I actually liked the effect from the soft box with a grid attached and intend to try that setup again the next time I do a model shoot. All in all a good learning experience but I need much more practice to become confident enough to relax about my lighting and concentrate more on the posing and personality of the model.
I tried lots of different post processing options, again more as a learning exercise than to create a consistent style. In the future I want to get a more specific look and plan better in advance.