Model’s opinions on the colour pink seem to be sharply divided. On the one hand I’ve worked with girls who have arrived with clothes and underwear in every shade of pink imaginable, yet others wouldn’t be seen dead in it, not even one pair of knickers. Having snapped one too many blondes wearing black I think it makes a pleasant change.
Last Monday I managed to get down the rec with a model to take what will probably be my final outdoor shots of the year. I was using my Sony NEX-5N camera and 35mm f1.8 lens which is very much my default set-up when working outside nowadays. Did I get any cracking snaps? Well no, I’ve struggled to find my mojo this year. As a yardstick I’ve taken to analysing the outdoor “fashion” photos from other photographers and I’ve become more and more dissatisfied with my own efforts. Okay they are certainly using more Photoshop post processing than I do but that’s not the whole story. I’m thinking that the 35mm lens is not long enough to give a pleasing enough separation between the model and the background and maybe I should go back to where I started and use a 50mm. One step forward, two steps back again, the story of my life.
Talking recently to a Canon using photographer friend has opened my eyes to how little I really know about the operation of my Nikon cameras. He was telling me which features on Nikon DSLR’s he preferred to his Canon’s and to be honest I had never heard of them let alone used them. Thinking about it I can’t be using anymore than 10% of what the camera is capable of and have to admit that during many a session I have struggled to remember to turn the thing on.
I have been pondering the age old conundrum of what differentiates humans from animals and the only conclusion I can draw is that humans use batteries, and lots of them too. Barely a night passes when I’m not recharging an electrical device or battery pack to enable me to survive the following day. C’est la vie.
Some snaps of a pretty amateur model. She was a bit inexperienced, you might even say shy, may have only ever posed nude for a boyfriend before, but she still made a very nice girl next door type photo. She appears to have only worked with a handful of photographers and then vanished from the scene. It’s a common enough story. It only takes a month or so to discover the pitfalls of modelling.