Be Your Own Model…

by Dawn Hester July. 19, 2018 456 views

There’s nothing like wanting to work on your craft and you can’t find help. All my local friends work so that doesn’t help. On weekends they have so much “normal” things to do – that doesn’t work. So you start walking around in your home asking yourself the question “what can I find in here to model for me”?

You see I’m continuing to learn about photography and how to do things better. When I know I have a weakness I know I have to try and fix it (or at least make it better). I read and watch tutorials but nothing is better than doing it. I have this equipment so I need to learn to use it to it’s full potential.

One of my biggest problems when it comes to photography is photographing a person with glasses while using flash. I have the reflections problems, or my flash equipment showing inside of the glasses, or crazy/horrible shadows from the frames or even the glass. It’s always something. I look at other photographer’s images of people with glasses. I zoom in to see just how good their images look. Honestly some are good and some are not good. During my years in the military we had two pairs of frames – black and gold. The lenses were removed from both frames, which took away a lot of headaches for us (and it worked very well). Also during that time we didn’t have a typical studio…just a room with low ceilings that was given to us (make what you have work).

During my morning walk I decided to go home and setup my gear to do some off camera flash test shots. My ceilings aren’t the highest but still I know I can test some ideas out. But isn’t it funny when you follow all the steps from a tutorial or book it doesn’t work right for you??

Before I started I knew the one way to show and try not to get these glasses problems is to bounce my lighting. If you’re some place and the ceiling is super high, no way you’ll be able to bounce. You can try but by the time the light go waaaaaay to the ceiling and comes waaaaaay back down to hit your subject – there’s no light. They’re quite a few accessories you can buy that give you the capability to bounce your flash.

As it turned out I was my own model. I’m not the best subject in the world but it helped. I actually had fun. I was able to use some gear that I’ve wanted to play with for some time. And of course I love black and white and was able to convert a few. I used a tripod to focus on and then changed the camera manual focus. It was a hit or miss but that’s okay too. Here’s the gear I used:

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens

Godox TT685F flash

Magmod MagSphere

Magmod MagGrid

Interfit Studio Essentials 5’x7’ reversal backdrop

RAW images

I'm still learning but it's a start.

So when you have some equipment to test out and you need a model, don’t use your light stand or tripod…use yourself. You may finally get the photographs you want.


Images taken with the MagSphere

Images taken with the MagGrid

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Camellia Staab 3 years, 3 months ago

#7 is my favorite but all are very very nice. Had to look up the Magmod MagGrid you mentioned to learn what it is. By the looks of your photos, it is well worth having this modifier. Thank you for sharing your post and teaching me something new :)

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dawn Hester Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Camellia. I just learned about MagMod last year.My cousin have these huge grids in his studio and that was when I learned about how the grids work, etc. I'm looking forward in shooting with the grid outdoors.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 3 months ago

#7 and #8 have more depth and mood. Great work my friend

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dawn Hester Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Antonio. Taking these images mid-day around windows and doors I was very surprised I was able to get what I got. Adjusting my light was a great help.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 3 months ago

#7, #8 - the light is incredible. I like the mood the light creates.
#9 - the reflection in the glasses and at the same time the reflection the glasses causes on your sweater are funny. If you wouldn't have complained abot this problems, i wouldn't have seen it, because your posing is brilliant.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dawn Hester Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you. Yes I really like the MagMod Grid - it's sweet. LOL that kind of reflection I like. The ones where I see the umbrella, softbox or just the flash gives me troubles. Still learning smile

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