Saturday was a great day of learning at Westlight Studios! Eight photographers and three assistants gathered for a full day of image making and instruction. First of all, a huge thank you to Michael Gomez and his beautiful rental studio! What a super productive working environment, as Michael said, “it has great energy.” Part of that comes from how well it is designed, it allows for the place to be busy and private all at the same time.
There is a really nice area, adjacent to the two largest camera rooms for your models to hang their outfits and for your hair and make up artist. A super big thank you to Chrissy Marie Nix that worked her magic for us!
Our model Kelly before
Our beautiful model Kelly after MUA Chrissy Marie did her thing
Most models are pretty enough to begin with, not to mention they have an understanding of where the camera is and put up with indecisive photographers that change what they want from one second to the next. This is a pretty good illustration of what a talented MUA will do for you. Basically, they make you look better and save you tons of post production time! They are easily worth their fee many times over, if you aren’t using one you are hurting yourself, your models and your clients! You can find Chrissy Marie on facebook or just send her a note to [email protected]
Beauty dish, large reflector and 12×36 strip light with grids on her hair
Notice the nice soft background? That is the new Fuji 55-200 zoom at 148mm and f8. Nothing done to blur it out, just the “look” of that lens, and it looks very nice!
Two of the processes I like to teach at these are simple, but so important. First of all, we calibrate our flash meters. This is something I learned from my good friend Will Crockett maybe 10+ years ago. It is still as necessary today as it was then, possibly more! That plus taking a few minutes to show how to properly do a Custom White Balance. Most folks are not using the ExpoDisc correctly if they choose to use it at all. Some are trying to use other commercially available products that have multiple patches. Nothing beats plain old grey or white…just like your camera manufacturer called for on their “how to” page!
BONUS: One of Michael’s assistants was not only a great help, but agreed to let us photograph her too.
A fan adds some movement to the image