The other day I posted some photos of my daughter all dressed up for prom. In that post I mentioned we found an interesting prop to take photos with. This old rusted wreck is in a field right in the heart of Mihama and it doesn't hurt to have the beautiful sunset ocean in the background. I included some other photos from our house and Mihama in the gallery below.
Was able to test the new camera on a different genre yesterday: Portraits/Fashion. I do not do portrait or fashion shoots. It's not something I'm very comfortable with, but my daughter was all dressed up for prom and wanted to get some photos of the occasion. We started from our balcony at our home then moved on to Mihama to this interesting location for some location shooting.
I shot much of this with a bare flash with me holding the camera with one hand and the flash with the other. The ones we did from our house, my wife held the flash and we had a small diffuser on it. This little adventure has reinforced my desire to go out and by a good portable softbox; probably the Lastolite Ezybox. I've had this sitting in my Amazon Wishlist for several months, but I think it's time to pull the trigger. I was happy with how the camera performed, but I do need a better portrait lens. While my 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 worked fairly well, a prime such as the Olympus 45mm 1.8 would serve better for this type of shooting.
My favorite photo opens this post. I was happy to see this lens can get the sunburst I was looking for. The gallery has a few more photos, with the first one showing why i need a better diffuser like the Ezybox I spoke about before. The shadows on her face are just a little to harsh, but that is a look that photographers go for sometimes, but it's a little more than I wanted. I still like the photo with the city background from our balcony. The last two were from our balcony but this time without flash. I just put her in the shade.
I'll post some more tomorrow, particularly looking forward to showing one with a unique prop we found in Mihama.
BTW: She did her own hair and makeup
Did a quick look back at some photos from 2009. I am starting to look at my really old files to see if any can make it into my print gallery. Here are a few of the shots that I've looked at so far.
I took an Off Camera Flash Workshop this weekend. On the last day of the workshop, we had a model come in so we could put into practice the lessons we learned previously. The model was fantastic and did a great job, especially considering there were 4-6 photographers all giving her instruction at the same time. I came away from the shoot with a couple that I liked.
Model Jovanna Flor