I figured by now you would be getting tired of seeing my face, so I asked a fellow photographer friend if he would sit in for two different light setups. This was the setup for the black and white photo below. Once again the SB910 is at a 90 degree angle and feathered. I find that gives a nice effect.
For Day 5 of the lighting project I went back to one light but this time on a black background. It gives a totally different look. It is starting to get interesting looking back over the first five days of the project. Remember these are all done with speedlights in a makeshift studio in my living room.
Today I shot my portrait using one light and a reflector. I wanted to see how much of a difference a reflector would make in the image. You can see the results on the webpage below which will be updated hopefully twice a week during this project.
Finished off the webpage for Day 1 of the project today. You can view it below. I am going to continue with just one light and the white background, but this time I am going to use a large umbrella. First, I will shoot into it and for the second shot I will close down the umbrella. I will include some photos in the post. I should be posting this sometime on Wednesday. Let me know what you think.
I have been involved with photography now for about 7 years. I have tried all kinds of different types of photography. I have tried food photography, bird and wildlife photography, landscape photography, street photography, well honestly just about every type of photography out there. I have pretty well settled on headshot and portrait photography as my favourite genre. I really enjoy photographing people and trying to portray their personality through the lens of my camera.
I now find myself at a crossroads. Where do I go from here? I am pretty certain that my main interest in photography will remain headshot and portrait photography. I have developed the skills, both technical and creative to take the next step and turn “pro”. I have the equipment necessary for a small home studio to get started, but I realize that eventually I would need to invest in professional studio equipment and eventually get a space for a real studio. The kicker is I am sixty-four years old. Do I really want to start a photography business at my age or do I simply do the odd paid job to help feed my appetite for new gear?
The other consideration aside from age is I live in a very small market, a market that considers Walmart photos much more than adequate for their portrait needs. People like my work but are not willing to pay the price for quality work. I have done a few event photography gigs in the past and their idea of payment for a full day’s work was giving me supper at the event. Of course I was guaranteed plenty of exposure for my photography. I have done two or three portrait sessions for $75.00 with three fully edited images. I quickly realized that I was short selling myself at that price. I have since raised my prices to $150.00 a session this month. I have had some inquiries but no takers.
So for now, I will probably continue looking for potential clients to get started. I will continue posting on Instagram and Facebook and re-designing my website to better show my portfolio of images and see where that takes me. One thing I know for sure is no matter what I decide, I will continue my passion for photography.
If you are just starting out in photography, and you are like I was, you just want to photograph everything. You want to photograph your kids, your dog, your yard and everything around you. You will soon find yourself taking photos of your food and maybe try to get your first wildlife photos. As you add new lenses to your kit, you will try other styles and types of photography. Continue reading “Developing Consistency and Style in Photography”