While dipping into the archive and wondering about what to post I began to glance at the snaps I have taken with my Sony NEX-5N. I bought this as a sort of carry anywhere snapshooter but it hardly gets used because like most people I find my iPhone more convenient. When I do use the Sony I don’t tend to bother with the settings so the results can be a bit hit and miss, or if you want to be generous, interesting.
The first set were shot at some crazy high ISO using just the light from a window at the other side of the room. The second are an outside mix of snaps taken in diffused and direct sunlight by, you guessed it, the canal. For the final wet set we move back indoors using natural light but this time the model is standing closer to the window so the exposure settings are a bit more civilised.
Stilettos appear to make legs look better in photos but they can cause problems. I had one model fall down the stairs in them! Scared the shit out of me but thankfully she wasn’t hurt. Nowadays I ask models to put their heels on at the bottom of the stairs just in case they are not used to wearing them. Better safe than sorry methinks. On the other hand I know models who wouldn’t be seen dead out of high heels. I think they even wear them in bed!
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.