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Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken when I was still at university back in 2010. It was when I was still learning and playing around with the studio to see what fun and interesting light compositions I could create.
It was mid-day when I had the opportunity to take over the shoot and get what I needed. I remember everyone was starving waiting for lunch, but we were having so much fun and the creative juices were flowing and we kept putting it off to break for food.
I was interested in double exposures and blending in low light and high key images. I took the first shot of the silhouette by lighting up the back board and bringing the model closer to the camera so none of the light hit her. For the shot inside the silhouette, I turned off all the lights so we were in complete darkness, opened the shutter and lit the model by running a flashlight over her body. She had to stay perfectly still but the slight, natural body movements created this wonderful, eerie glow to her face.
I used a Canon EOS 500D for the shot. I had to use a tripod for the inside dark image so I could paint her with the light without any unnecessary shake.
The whole point of the shoot was for a dance performance the performing arts students were doing to the music of The Beatles. I was coming up with different ideas that would represent the psychedelic nature of The Beatles' later years, whilst also encapsulating the beauty and elegance of the dancers.
I used Photoshop to compile the two images together. It wasn't too hard with some simple blending and dodging of some areas. The majority of the image however was shot entirely in camera.
In my camera bag
I always have at least two lenses with me. My 24-70mm canon lens and my 70-300mm lens. I take a lot of music event photos so need a camera with a good range and a wide aperture. When I know I'm taking Portrait Photographs, I never leave without my 50mm prime lens. My camera of choice is my Canon 5D MKII.
Study lighting techniques for studio work. Know how the lighting set up works. Practice on props first if you aren't comfortable with studio lights before bringing in models. And mostly, play around. You never know how great a certain position of 1 light, or even 5 lights can really make the final image pop. Don't rely too much on post processing when capturing in the studio. You have a lot of power in the studio compared to outdoor photography, so don't waste it.

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