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Ashley Jordan



Behind the scenes shot of Ashley performing during the filming of her latest music video.

Behind the scenes shot of Ashley performing during the filming of her latest music video.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I was working as a production assistant on a music video shoot with Dark White Media. I checked in with the director to see if I could take some photos when I wasn't needed to assist.
Time
We were shooting in the late afternoon/early evening because the director was looking to achieve a certain look with the dark background, so we had to wait until the sun had basically gone down. The scene was lit with two lights behind Ashley - one to the left and one to the right - and a light just above her.
Lighting
The director wanted a dark background so we waited until later in the afternoon to start shooting so the sunlight wouldn't be coming through the windows. The scene was lit with two lights behind Ashley - one to the left and one to the right - and a light just above her.
Equipment
I shot this on my Nikon D4. I didn't want anything too heavy to deal with as far as lenses because I had to put down my equipment quickly to help with the music video portion of the shoot. I opted to go with my 50 1.8.
Inspiration
I have always had an interest in music and concert photography and this was a great opportunity to grab some performance style shots without having to deal with the logistics of shooting at a club venue. I just grabbed some shots when I could and ended up with a few really great ones, such as this one.
Editing
I didn't want to do much post processing on this photo. The exposure was good out of the camera. I converted it to B&W in Photoshop and boosted the contrast a bit because I like a more contrasty B&W. This photo looked nice in color too, but I really liked the look of B&W and felt that it allowed the viewer to focus more on the expression.
In my camera bag
I always have my Nikon D4 with my 50 1.8 and my 70-200 2.8, which is usually my go to lens. I don't go anywhere without that combo. For larger shoots, I also bring my 24-70 2.8 and my 10-24 3.5 along with extra batteries, memory cards, my Nikon speed light, and my Phottix triggers.
Feedback
It's all about good lighting for a shot like this. We spent a significant amount of time setting up the lighting, testing it, and making adjustments. A shot like this also requires a bit of timing and luck. We were shooting a music video, so it wasn't like a typical portrait session where I could stop and make suggestions for posing. I just waited until I saw some good expression on her face and took the shot. I ended up with a shot that I really love.

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