Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Vikki and Helen Portrait Session. The good, the bad and the outtakes!

The weekend of the 27th/28th March was pretty mental for photographing and personal reasons.

Here on my blog you know that because I posted about it late on the Friday night after the Salford Nurses Graduation Ball and again after Louise and Richard's beautiful wedding on the Sunday.

So you may remember I hired some high end photography kit for that weekend (the D700 bit I now own!) and I planned in many events to make the most of the kit.

This, finally, is my posting about the portrait shoot my friends Vikki and Helen agreed to, to help me learn to use the kit in time for the wedding! And as the title suggests I have some good, some bad (to explore with you), and some outtakes!

We started in one of my all time favourite locations outside the Bridgewater Hall.

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You must love this as a backdrop!

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But it's always about the faces with me! This next image feels like a film still don't you think? All I did was play about with the saturation in Aperture.

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These next two images have had their contrast massively boosted except around the faces. It really helps the sky detail and gives an urban feel I think.

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I really love the sitting sequence we did, still by the Bridgewater...

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Moving on we did some stuff by the library but some of those are in 'the bad' in a moment. Still showcasing the good...

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I really struggled with exposure by the arches, this is my best from here. Funny as a week later my best images of Mark and Hannah's wedding were taken just the other end of this walkway!

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And just before I let the ladies stop posing and go shopping we found a brick wall (did I mention I love brick walls) and this one had amazing shadows when the sun popped out!

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I just love this last one.

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So onto two of the bad and why.

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I really battled with the sunshine. Here obviously it has the potential to be an amazing back light, just look at Vikki's hair, but i'd need to use flash or at least a reflector to bring beautiful lighting back to the face. In addition the pose just doesn't look comfortable. I desperately need to get better at posing people, it's never really a problem with a newly married couple ;)

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This is my second for 'the bad' pile because I said I would try and get some good ones of the two of them together but I again only have couples experience and needed to quickly rethink my posing. This image just doesn't work for me.

Any comments or suggestions on the whole shoot would be greatly appreciated!

And as promised, the outtakes, just to prove it was a fun session that i'd love to do again with you, my lovely, gradually expanding blog readers (don't kill me for posting these Vikki and Helen!)...

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Thank you so, so much to Vikki and Helen, it was a really fun session and I hope you think the results are worth it!

1 comment:

  1. i think with the second 'bad' one it's the distance between them. they don't look connected; there's just enough between them that there's clear space and the girl on the right's looking in a completely different direction; if they were both looking at the same thing perhaps it would improve?