Admittedly, this post is later than expected, but I’ve had some really awesome things in the pipeline, so I took the only gap I could and wrote this post at the airport while waiting to board a plane to Jozi.
Clinton is a young, up-and-coming photographer. He’s incredibly passionate about it and eager to learn, so I bring him along as an assistant on my more exciting shoots (read, cheap labour). He’s dedicated and ready to make sacrifices - on our last shoot with Michael February, he even sacrificed a pair of shoes to the beach. It’s a real pity, they were super rad Vans.
At just 17, he’s grown an avid sense of sarcasm that keeps everyone on their toes. Like most blond-haired-blue-eyed dudes, he’s big into surfing, and for some reason, enjoys sitting on the floor. (I’m not sure if the floor thing is relevant, but you’ll see what I mean if he’s ever at your house). Apart from being one of my favourite assistants, he’s also a great friend. You're going to want to check out his Instagram feed here.
I love teaching as much as I love photography, which is also part of the reason I started these blogs - when I was starting out as a photographer, I learnt a lot from online tutorials, blogs and behind-the-scenes articles, so the idea that I could use the same platform to help others starting out is inspiring for me.
Clinton came along to studio not only to learn, but also to model. For a lot of the images, the lighting is super simple, and I've included the lights in the image - so I'll only talk about a couple of images - the rest you can view in the gallery below.
The cover image for this post was shot using a Parra 88 slightly above and to the camera right, quite close to Clinton who was standing against a white wall in the studio.
The image was shot using the Parra even more to the side (about 45degrees) and pointing about 45 degrees down to create a Rembrant triangle. For the black background, Clinton stood in front of one of the black boards in the studio.
One of the things Dylan and Emma wanted me to show them was the proper use of paper rolls and how to light them. They brought along various colours that they would use for their upcoming shoot. We started off with green. I didn't like it much, so in Lightroom, I pulled the green saturation slider all the way down, rendering the green paper a very pleasant grey, as you can see in the before/after. (I also added a slight vignette). I used a black poly board on the shadow side to intensify the shadow.
This is an edit I usually don't do. A while ago, Google made the entire Nik Collection free for download. It's got some great presets. (If you're interested in downloading the package, click here). Maybe I'm old-school: I've never used presets... But the software was free so I had a browse and after a bit of tinkering, I quite liked this edit. It is the only time I have, and probably ever will edit something this heavily, it suits the mood of the image - and is super close to the reference image we were trying to re-create.
Photography is magic. Create.