A new model, well not new new but new to the Chateau de Vaughan. How best can I show her off to all you SNAPSHOTS of GIRLS connoisseurs? Okay let’s ask her to stand near the window and use the TTL BL mode on the Nikon SB-800 flashgun for fill. Even if I say it myself the results have turned out nice again.
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.
Although amateur models are not the most reliable of creatures I have managed to work with some real gems. Here is one. She was great fun and did her best to make sure I got the images I wanted even though she was modelling in a style she was not used to.
Late last year I had this brilliant idea, for 2016 I would start using a more systematic approach when choosing which photo sets to use for updates. Ummm, I think that idea got lost at the beginning of January because this is yet another lucky dip into the archive. This young lady came to me by courtesy of a request from her boyfriend. This type of arrangement is usually a waste of time but on this occasion, and precious few others, it has lead to a fun and productive session. Shot with a compact camera, I think, with the built-in flash triggering my ancient studio flashlights.