Effy’s Location Shoot

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

The studio shoot was of my friends Jade and Amber she designed the clothes around their own body measurements. For this location shoot I wanted to shoot full-length body shots and some close-up portraits.

I shot Jade and Amber, around the college the weather was slightly overcast which was problematic for the camera causing the contrast.

Jade and Amber 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.

I shot with my Sony NEX 7 with a 30mm Prime lens, however I had issues with images coming across as too contrasty.

I shot with 1/125th to make sure it would sync with the studio flashes correctly. I used an aperture f/5.6 (I also shot at f/2.8 but I had to shoot faster to keep the exposure from over exposed) 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 the camera I had chosen; this was a Sony NEX 7 and a Sony 30mm f/2.8 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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