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Page created  June 22, 2013
Sitting date:  December 1, 2012


Forgive me for repeating myself, but the objective of a first sitting with a new-to-me model is simply "get acquainted".  Sage is very experience and has a great range of images in her portfolio (including fine art, fashion, casual, lifestyle, and so forth).  But I never can totally predict how a model & I will work together by looking at pictures done by other photographers -- I need that first experience to get a sense of what kind of chemistry we will have.

(And I have to admit that as I age, interacting with young models becomes more challenging as I approach the age of the model's grandparents).

So, I have some generic concepts in mind when working with a model for the first time.  I definitely know that I want to photograph the model with the strobes, and I want another setup using window light.  I usually plan three setups for each 2.5 - 3 hour session.  

For a third setup with Sage, I've been thinking about trying a lighting setup where I use a main light that is to the model's side (or a little behind the model).  I've also turned the backdrop so that it's narrow (9') side is at the top of the wall, and the long (20') side extends down the wall & across the floor towards the camera -- nothing should be visible on the floor or the back wall except the canvas.




A common problem when photographing the nude in the studio is that often one devises light that is great for the figure but not so great on the face (or the other way around).  Here is a good example -- I think Sage's figure looks fabulous in this image, but the heavy shadows on her face are not so great.  Hence, I crop (see below).  The challenge is to construct lighting that works great for the face & the figure simultaneously.





When she is posing, Sage is constantly in motion, and I like that (indeed, many photographers like that).  Further, Sage can make big gestures with those long, long arms.

That would be my first piece of advice to new models:  keep moving.  Don't pose -- move!




I'm having a great time with Sage.  I like her face & her figure, and I love the way she moves.  She's also inspiring some unusual cropping -- I like when I can find off-center compositions.  I also like the cropping of this image presented below.

(I'm not in love with the lighting -- I think I can do better). 









I'm having mixed feelings about the lighting.

Sage has terrific eye contact and has wonderful expressions on her wonderful face.



Here's a pretty sexy image.

I do admit that I enjoy the various "artistic effects" available via my photo editing software.  Certainly, the "paint brush" effect is my favorite.  Here are some of the effects that I don't use as much. 























There are some photographers who prevision & plan their images to a great degree -- indeed, several of these photographers spend hours setting up an image and, in the end, they make a single exposure.  Other photographers don't plan -- they just bring the various elements together, and then they jump around & react.  If that's a scale, I'm a centralist, with leanings towards the prevision & plan side.

I say this because sometimes I stay on a setup too long.  I tend to know when it's time to move on when I get the feeling that we are repeating ourselves.  When that happens, I don't move on right away -- I think about changing perspective or finding a variation on the lighting.  Here, I change the lighting a bit.  I figure that I shouldn't do things halfway -- I make the light even more contrasty for the last few images.











Working with Sage was definitely a lot of fun.        


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