We had our regular workshop evening at the camera club tonight. There were various activities on offer but I decided to go for the one that took me out of my comfort zone the most - portrait photography. Our model for the evening was Chrissy, the daughter of one of our club members, and she was wonderfully understanding of the way we all fumbled with our settings before taking her picture. We had the opportunity to shoot with two lighting set ups, the first of which was a high key set up, with a white background and continuous fluorescent lights.
The second portrait was taken with a flashgun in a softbox, using what's often known as the 'invisible black backdrop' technique. You'd never know it, but the wall behind Chrissy is actually a pale cream colour. The softbox funnels all the light onto Chrissy and by not placing any illumination on the background it falls into complete darkness. I had a backup photo ready to post here in case I didn't capture anything worth sharing this evening so the fact that I actually came away with two half decent portraits is rather encouraging!
17 January 2017