The L6 Photography and Lighting refresher workshop was extremely helpful and reminded me how to use the studio and equipment safely and efficiently. The photography team showed us some really useful tips that could speed up the studio and editing process. I tried to take photos of any props or settings I thought would help me with my project in the future and enhance my editorial work. One prop I had never use before but will make sure to in the future, was the colour card; a board of colours used to speed up the editing process. By holding the board in front of the camera and taking a photo of the model or set you wish to use, you can then place the Eyedropper tool in Adobe Lightroom over a colour on the Colour Card panel and use the preset it suggests to adjust the photographs taken during the shoot. I think the colour card will contribute to creating consistency in my shoots and elevate my editorial work.
With the Photography and Lighting workshop just consisting of Lara and myself, we were able to ask a lot more questions and experiment with the props spoken about such as a soft box, snoot, beauty dish, colour gels, reflectors and the umbrella. Moving forward I want show the use of the studios facilities throughout my experimentation to make sure my shoots look as professional as possible. By establishing what props should be used and when I gained a better understanding of the effects I can create on the model and set for my future editorial work.
By experimenting with the lighting and props it was a lot easier to understand, hopefully speeding up the process when doing my own shoots. We experimented with aperture, lighting and colour gels.
The images displayed show Lara and I changing the sides of the spotlight by using a snoot and softening the light by using an umbrella. We were able to experiment with the strength of the fill light and aperture by altering both and balancing it out through the use of a light meter. For future shoots I know a definitely want to experiment with the gels more to create a colourful environment and use fill lights to add dramatic effect during much darker shoot.