A month or so back I had the opportunity to try out some new on camera fill-in flash settings both outdoors and indoors. I’m not sure if they worked out better than previous attempts but 2 obvious failings plague me whatever set-up I use. The first is positioning the model to prevent her from squinting in the bright sunlight. I usually end up moving into the shade which can then negate the need for fill-in flash which defeats the object of the exercise I suppose. The second problem is how to avoid the harsh shadows when working with on camera flash indoors. I’ve found getting the balance between ambient light and fill-in flash far more miss than hit. I really should spend more time on this but I lack the patience.
With the longest day almost upon us I thought it was about time I picked up the camera again. Okay I have done a couple of test shoots with a muse but nothing really serious. My casting calls threw up nothing eye-catching so I booked a model I had already worked with from a couple of years back. The session got off to a slow start because I had difficulty remembering what camera settings to use and it came to an early end when I found I had lost interest in the subject matter. Yes, I’ve reached the age where naked young ladies don’t excite me anymore! I’m now sat here wondering whether I should sell my camera gear or wait to see if the numbness passes over.
I’ve never really functioned properly outdoors. Getting the right weather and a model together on the same day always seems to elude me and then there is the eternal problem of finding a local location which guarantees a bit of privacy. In the digital era I think this is my most successful outdoor session and I make no apology for posting from the set again.
I’ve had a few complementary emails recently thanking me for my continuing efforts in keeping the website going in these difficult times. Visitors to the site of my age all seem to acknowledge that there is a drought of natural attractive models on the scene nowadays and my archives bring back memories of “the good old days”.