A friend hooked me up with a large umbrella to soften up the light on my flash. I chose a larger size not realizing how much it is to handle when you’re outside and the wind is hitting you or even fitting this in doors. I really should start bringing assistants out or perhaps an extra 40 lbs worth of sandbags could do the trick, this could be a serious workout all by myself.
This time around @genkidenki hung out while I played around with the settings. The buildings added a bit of pizzazz to the image with all the colors they had to offer.
Salt is a great spot for practicing my hobby. The guards, so far, have been very calm anytime I show up to shoot. To keep it casual, I’m usually shooting with whatever natural light I can find, but there has been an urge to expand my skill set into off camera flash while outside. Balancing the ambient and flash light is still difficult for me even though this shoot was a while back. I was lucky to have a patient model and a few friends guide me through this.
Much thanks to the talented @sachisenpai , @krislabang @islandbag
@masapuff cosplayed as Rem and Ram from Re: Zero. We didn’t have an extra person to make the pair so she switched things up in the later half to portray both characters. I have been here a few times and tried hitting up different angles to see how I could change it up a bit. It takes me a while to get comfortable with a scene so I might miss some really great angles the first time around. Lately, I’ve really been wanting to make the eyes pop out in my photos, it really adds so much more to the photo when you can see some beautiful catchlights. The effect is enhanced even more when all these cosplayers have some crazy colored contacts.
The second half of the photos were edited in another session and I handled them differently. This has become more common lately as I try to see what style fits in with my current vibe. I’m not really sure what direction I’m trying to head in, yet.
Just before Valentines Day hit I met up with a lady bug and a cat for another session downtown. Prior to this shoot, I didn’t know much about the show where these cosplays came from. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is an animated CGI series from France and full of cat puns. That alone has put this show on my list of things to watch in the future. Ladybug and Cat Noir were portrayed by @stellafraise and @kyykun, totally worth checking out their IG accounts later if you like cosplay. @takacosplay came back out to help out, holding items, reflectors and most of all eye candy.
Everyone brought a great energy to the shoot, I’m not one to be that serious so it helps when the people in front of the camera don’t take it seriously either. It ends up being just a session of hanging out with a camera.
After getting a bit more comfortable with the triangle reflector, I’m hoping to try out something larger like a sunbounce. Even the cheap one is easily 4x more expensive than this knock off reflector I’ve been toying with. The Fuji XT-2 and 85mm f1.2 was my setup of choice for this shoot.
A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights. I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you. We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started. We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in. There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand. Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach. The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.
Nikon D750 with a black backdrop
Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls