Oh how time has passed.
I've been doing a lot of studio and fashion shoots lately and it made me think about the first time I attempted to do fashion shoots. It was back in 2003 I believe and I was sophomore in college. I was enrolled in an advance digital photography class and had access to studio gear, print rooms, and film labs. Honestly, I didn't really care for film and at that time I wasn't really into doing prints as well. What I was really drawn to was the studio.
I remember my first session. There was this girl name Brittany in my Psych Stats class who always wore something "interesting" and was really pretty. After a few tutoring sessions, I manned up and asked her if she would be interested in posing for me for my photography class project. I remember being really excited when she said yes, then almost immediately got scared when I realized I didn't know what I was doing. The studio was a pretty cool setup - we had two rooms, small and large studios, complete with power packs, soft boxes, strobes and tungsten lighting, big cranes and light stands and I did not know how to use a single one of them. I didn't even know what some of them were called. I signed up for an upper level class without ever taking photo 101 or lighting 201 or any photography class for that matter and the class I was currently in was more Photoshop and Bryce than studio work.
I was able to pick up on the basics while doing the mandatory safety class for lab use. I knew how to set things up and turn them on and off - but that was pretty much it. I remember coming across silly problems like black bars running at the bottom of my image, things not going on focus, everything being either super dark or super bright in the lcd, and why it was that the flash only seem to fire every other shot. I think i even set it up so that I had two giant soft boxes pretty much next to each other and facing hear directly head on. Oh, and I't pretty sure i shot everything using the portrait or green box shooting mode on the rebel and shot it in jpeg no less.
Technically speaking - it was a hot mess of a shoot. Looking back I laugh at what I did and I am pretty amazed how they turned out considering. A lot of it was the model. She has a great personality and awesome sens of fashion (at least I thought so at the time). I am pretty sure I took several hundred photos that day and these were the pick of the crop. I remember spending hours on end with Photoshop trying to tweak the photos and be all artsy fartsy with them. For some reason or the other I was really in love with the idea of selective color - I pretty much did that to every single one of my photos. I remember playing around with the colors, the intensity, and all the other fun stuff you could do with Photoshop at that time. It was such a fun experience. I loved seeing this mishmash of lights and reflectors come together to form this image - even if I didn't know how any of it came to be, I just liked how it looked. I remember for the next few days I locked myself in the print room to try and get these images printed so I could show them off. I think I might actually still have those prints here somewhere. You know when I first started to write this entry, I thought this would end up with a sad and self destructive comments about my past work. But as I look at it even more, I feel like I did a pretty decent job. Yes the lighting is unorthodox, my white balance and color tones are all over the place, and yes selective color went away with the days of Y2K. But still, there is something about these images that I really enjoy. I feel like I should try and retake these photos with what I know now and see how they would turn out. Might be an interesting project.
Until next time..
enjoy the photos.
Studio Rental Canon Digital Rebel (300D) | 18-55 f3.5 Kit | Studio Lighting | Cypress College, California | Model: Brittany.