I recently splashed ut on some very cheap studio lights and a backdrop frame from Ebay and thought I ought to try it out. Due to the lack of willing models I decided to try and do some self portaiture, a big challenge. However, I managed to persuade Ciara to sit for a few test shots as well. The above photos are the best I managed, shown here in both black & white and colour for comparison. When it comes to portaiture I am firmly in the B&W camp but would welcome feedback.
In Ciara's case I had a light mounted with a white brolley off to her left as you look at the photo and my camera mounted flash aiming off right to bounce off a gold reflector to provide a warmer glow from the right. I think this worked quite well. I also used the largest aperture and darkened down the backdrop in Lightroom since it came rather creased and despite my best efforts it remains so. For the self portrait I had the same lighting but both from the left this time producing a shaddow and low-key effect on the right. I tried lots fo shots but this was the only reasonable one, which will now become my profle picture on FB - I need a better model!! Any volunteers?
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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