I wanted a dark, moody portrait to reflect the recent weather and after 20 minutes swearing at my remote flash trigger , this happened. Main light is best described as a donut shaped soft box placed at eye level. It’s an easy set up for when a real person comes along…
My portable studio lighting kit is coming together nicely and I’m working through some approaches that allow me to get setup quickly. This is something I want to keep simple but there is always the temptation to add when less is probably more. For the moment I plan to stick to one light, one modifier like a soft-box and two folding reflectors, a larger one for background and smaller for fill light. Repeated exercises around packing, unpacking, setup and working build knowledge and experience over time, freeing the mind to focus on the subject, mindful those soft skills around working with people need exercise too…
I spend too much time looking at me feet… Doing that showed me two things;
- I need new boots and;
- I need to reboot the project and get through this block I’m experiencing.
To do that, I know I need to fail a lot, doing what does not work to get to what does. When your subject is inanimate, rework is not an issue. Being rejected by a potential sitter does not bother me as much as disappointing that person who is giving up their time.
The reality is that will happen and the sooner I work through it the sooner I will get some progress.