You know when people say “it’s just like riding a bike, you never forget.” Well, this does NOT apply to studio photography. I have not been in the studio in 4 years and let’s just say if you don’t use it you lose it. I remember the basic positioning of the lights and what they might be called, but I found myself on Youtube trying to figure out the metering process. It was all very vague. I remembered the gist (jist? gist? whatever.) of it but it just felt off. It was probably because I was dealing with different equipment than what i was used to when I was in school so I just didn’t understand it. Anyway, after playing around with it, it started to come back to me. Here’s one of the test shots I did. (please don’t judge me, I am not meant to be in front of the camera):
I had forgotten how awesome softboxes are and how in control I felt when I was working in the studio before. Retouching is minimal with studio lighting (if you do it right). Like on the above picture I just added in some blacks because my hair was slightly washed out and added some color saturation. Well i also took away some of my freckles but that’s just a personal complex. I don’t have a seamless background yet so this is just against an off-white wall. I can’t wait to finish setting it up and get some real models in here. I definitely forgot how fun the studio can be. If you’re curious, I’m using an interfit ex150 strobe with a 28″ interfit softbox. Not the highest quality stuff out there, but I’m thankful for what I have. Alright, calling it a night.
By the way, I added a new shot to my “selfie” project if you wanna go check it out: www.irisbonetphoto.com It’s under the “personal work” gallery.