Jades Final Major Project Shoot

In this blog post we will be discussing a shoot I did in May for my friend Jade. This shoot would be a fashion-based photo; to present her Final Major Project Garment’s.

The studio shoot was of my friend Jade as she had designed the clothes around her own body measurements. For this shoot I wanted to shoot full-length body shots and some close-up portraits.

I shot Jade, with a studio flash suspended in the air on a boom with a honeycomb attachment, and a secondary flash with a honeycomb attachment. I also then used a third studio flash with a soft box attached, this flash will have gels attached to colour the white backdrop as this will allow me to create different colour backdrops.

Jade the model had to sign a model release form to declare the rights of the photograph’s for me to use in my project. It is very important when working professionally in photography to make sure a model has signed a model release form and that you both keep record of the form. As if there are any legal issues to arise in the future it must be documented and they’re proof that the model declared the rights of the images.

When shooting Jade, I had to ensure her safety as Jade was standing on the floor with flash with a honeycomb attachment suspended in the air shining light directly onto her. This caused Jade to have limited vision and puts at risk of walking into something and causing harm to her.

I shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 with a 85mm Prime lens. However I made sure to align the light with sitter/model, making sure I was taking full advantage of the light.

I shot with 1/125th to make sure it would sync with the studio flashes correctly. I used an aperture f/10 and my ISO sensitivity was 100. I then also made sure to shoot in RAW or RAW and JPEG. I will be organising my photos with Bridge instead of using the Adobe DNG converter.

I believe that the photos I shot from both shoots gave me some acceptable shots and that I have some very good images for submission. This was partly due to using the best camera and the best lens available from the studio; this was a Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 and a Canon 85mm f/1.8 prime lens. I made sure to also shoot in RAW to give me the best quality files possible.

Unfortunately I lacked experience with directing a model for poses and was not completely confident in taking the lead. I also found manual focusing and the auto focus problematic on the camera, which did mean I lost a few shots to poor focusing.

Overall I believe that the photos and my overall performance was good and I thoroughly enjoyed this project.


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