I had a great day yesterday! I did a photo shoot for one of my friends. Technically, that was my second photo shoot, but the first one was back in December and was more like a test drive for me, so I wouldn’t count that one (or would count it starting from zero).
What can I say… First of all, it was awesome! Secondly, it was a really hard work and I felt surprisingly tired after that (on the contrary, I don’t feel tired at all, when I take pictures of my family every day). The truth is, I worried so much that I might forget something very important, that I felt like on an exam. Yesterday was a very nice sunny day and I was constantly looking for the light that wouldn’t give too harsh shadows on my model. As for the location, we chose the same woods where I shot my last self portrait . But apparently it’s much easier to shoot there when the day is overcast.
Anyway, it was a great chance to practice! When I came home, I went through all of the pictures and made some conclusions about the work I’ve done. I made myself a list of questions in my Book of days that will help me to evaluate my improvement the next time. If you are in the same place as me regarding to the photography matter, you might be interested in reading the list and making your own for your next photo shoot.
First of all I counted all of the shots from the photo shoot. Then I distinctly counted:
– those, out of focus or with a soft focus;
– those, with a soft focus that particularly had a camera shake effect;
– those, that had a white balance mistake;
– those, that weren’t properly exposed;
– those, with unwanted foreground or background mergers;
– those, where the model had harsh shadows on her;
– those from the good ones, where I got catchlights;
– those, that I loved most;
– those, that I could give to her as the result in the end of my work.
– сколько таких, что не в фокусе, или не достаточно резки;
– сколько таких, у которых причина отсутствия резкости в движении фотоаппарата;
– сколько кадров с ошибкой баланса белого;
– сколько кадров с неверной экспозицией;
– сколько таких, где на переднем или заднем плане с субъектом что-то сливается;
– сколько кадров с резкими тенями на модели;
– сколько кадров с пойманным блеском в глазах;
– сколько таких, которые мне очень понравились;
– сколько я была готова отдать в качестве результата в конце работы.
The bottom line of this is that I missed a lot of shots, different angles and details. But that’s why practise is SO important. And my best reward for this photo shoot was that she agreed to do it again!