Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 1


Cannon 650D 
135mm Lens
Light meter

Various backdrops 

Photographing in the studio with equipment stated above.
Photographing a 22 year old female.
Testing 3 backdrops and composition styles to define how i want my images to look.
Backdrop 1 – White –  test 1 

Backdrop 2 – Grey –  test 2 
Backdrop 3 – Colour –  test 3 
Comparing lighting, backdrops and composition to define this style i want my work to portray.  

Test 1 -Image 1

Photographing on the white backdrop. Using an Octobox as main light source and 2 soft boxes to fill light the backdrop.
Overall image looks plain in contrast with the backdrop. Bright colours warn by model help life the image however I will not be using a white backdrop throughout this project. I want my images to pop and draw in the attention. I have found that white just looks basic and simple, not fun and creative.

Test 2 – Image 2 

Photographing on a white backdrop. Using an Ocotobox and no fill in lights.
Overall grey is a contender for backdrop colour. However the grey I photographed is not as dark as I would have wanted it. This is due to the large light source used the photograph the subject. I will photograph again testing the grey using a smaller light source and potentially a grey backdrop itself.

Test 3 – Image 3 and Image 4

Photographing on 2 colour backdrops; red and blue. Using a small soft box as main light source.
Overall I was drawn to the colour backdrops when looking through contact sheet. The bright background draws in your attention and makes the image pop. It has the influence I was wanting to capture. I also prefer the use of the small soft box for the main light source. (image 3 is soft and unfocused)


Looking over all the images in comparison I am going to direct my next shoot with coloured backdrops and a small main light source. However I will not be photographing in portrait style. I am going to photograph in Landscape composition in order to gain more space around the subjects and photographing with a fixed lens in portrait restricts this. I want to create square images with bright colours. I will test this idea and the potential myths within my next shoot.




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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; livbates93@gmail.com and visit my website; www.oliviabatesphotography.foliohd.com

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