A friend of mine asked me for new photos for his model portfolio. As I hadn't picked up the camera in a while, this was a great opportunity to get out of the rut and both develop my portrait skills as well as add to my own portfolio. We did a photoshoot earlier this year but those were all taken inside. This time we wanted outside shots. We only had one day to shoot but decided to vary the shots with different locations and wardrobes. We ended up with shots from 5 different locations and about as many costume changes.
I packed almost all of my photo gear with me, as I wanted to be prepared for whatever the lighting conditions were going to be as well as different creative decisions on the go. The bag was quite heavy but I only used about a third of the equipment.
One idea was business like portraits. I had two locations in mind but only one of them was available. The other one was full of people and taking pictures there just wasn't going to work out. This is something you can't plan ahead and having a plan B is essential. The Helsinki Cathedral was the first stop of the day. The cathedral has pillars all around it and I thought I could use them for different poses. I chose the pillars on the shadow side of the building to be able to better control the light. For these shots I used a Yongnuo YN460-II flash with a 60x60cm softbox. The editing was kept to a minimum with a slight decrease in saturation. Results below:
Next in line were street style shots, still with the suit. I hadn't decided on the location beforehand, instead we drove around the area of the cathedral and found a quiet street that would suit the purpose. I already knew these were going to be in black and white and didn't pay attention to the colors of the buildings or cars as they would have looked quite boring in color. For these shots I had my model walk up and down the street as I was snapping in order to get more casual photos. The autofocus struggled a bit (or I need to practice more) but I'm quite happy with the results. The lighting was all available light and the editing included the obvious b&w conversion and some dodging and burning. Results below:
The final destination in the city before heading out to the suburbs was a different street with the sun shining from behind the model. This time the idea was more of a casual summer style shot. A change of clothes later we redid the walking up and down the street thing and got the shot we wanted. Again no extra light was used and the editing only included some warmer color temperature adjustments. The result:
This was part one of the story behind this photoshoot. Stay tuned for part two.