I love envisioning an idea, getting the tools I need to create a project, and making it happen.
Here, I'll explain exactly what I wanted, which were a couple of things: 1) To evenly distribute light across a subject, and get an amazing eye-light while at it. 2) To recreate street light bokeh I get during my outdoor night shooting with flash shown below.
Recreating that fantastic background bokeh is gonna be a challenge. Keep in mind that tonight's odyssey came nowhere close to that, but I wanna work on it.
So! I got this reflector I've been watching for a while. It finally came in the mail after a few months of not getting it for who knows what reason. It worked better than I thought. As I took a few test shots with my amazing volunteering guinea pigs, my vision unfolded in front of me. Keep in mind these images are at all so not professional, I'm just sharing with you my test captures of what I had envisioned. Pictures are lightly manipulated in iPhone apps, but the essence of my project is shown.
I took an old projector screen I had, turned it backwards and thumbtacked it to the wall--that's how I get that black background. I took some old Christmas lights, and thumbtacked those, too, to get that bokeh I wanted.
I placed my subject about 5 feet away from that wall, my reflector very close in front of them, an LED light on a light stand right behind her, shooting light directly down, and my strobe to her left, in front of her.
The strobe illuminated her face nicely, while the LED light fell off the reflector, filling in the lower side of the portrait, plus adding a nice spark to the eyes. If you look closely at the eyes, you can see a bit of an "U" on the lower pupils, and a round one on the top that's my strobe's softbox.
I apologize if these pictures are not as sharp, as they came straight from the camera into my phone and from my phone here.
Once i take some actual professional headshots, you'll know ;)
By the way, the doggos name is Nala, and she's a sweetie patootie.
I can't wait to make more happen! I love spending my days off like this.
Hope everyone's having a great summer so far!
July 19th, 2017
My model friend Lauren Tunzi came all the way from Los Angeles to my house to shoot.
I'm happy and impressed with the results.
I absolutely love the catch light in the eyes.