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Behind The Lens

Location
A studio in North East England.
Time
This image was taken in the evening on 24th June so the sun would have set late but this shot was all about the studio lighting
Lighting
This was taken with 2 lights. One to camera right and set at a height to flatter the model. The second light was to camera left and half covered with a blue gel. The gel lit the wall and white light catching the model. The trick was to get the separation between the lights and keep the definition in bone structure.
Equipment
The camera was a Nikon D800 with a 24-105mm lens. The flash was created by 2 Bowens heads. Large (sorry cannot remember the size but at least 60cm) box on one and a bare one on the right with the gel stuck on with tape. Note - you have to be careful when using gels this way so make sure its stuck so that it cannot touch the bulb
Inspiration
Bone structure and jaw line. When working with models (male of female) with a great bone structure you want to show it off to make for a more interesting shading.
Editing
I shoot RAW there's always some post processing. In this case I boosted contrast and the blue. The model's skin was treated to frequency separation to help reduce skin shine and reduce a few minor blemishes (I hope she does not mind me saying so :) )
In my camera bag
Whatever I shoot I don't go anywhere without my Nikon D800 and the Nikkor 24-105. On top of that is the 70-200 f2.8 - I love this lens...it's razor sharp. I have 2 Godox flashes, they are great, they last ages and are way cheaper than the camera manufacturer brands. A new addition is my Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm. It's so light and is great for candid work. In the studio it produces fantastic results but it's great to take out if you want to travel light.
Feedback
To work with models, use reputable sites, agencies, etc. The studio may have models on retainer. Talk with the model. Notice I said "with", not "to." The reason for this you want them to be relaxed and to understand what the goal is for the shoot. If the model is unsure it shows. You may have spoken before and put together ideas on what you both want to achieve. Keep the conversation going during the shoot, and give feedback - if you want them to turn a way, say so (be polite, obviously :) ). With digital we can show the shots on the back of the camera. You can see what works and come up with fresh ideas along the way. Most importantly, enjoy it. If you don't enjoy what you're photographing (this applies to whoever you're shooting) it shows.

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