Couldn’t resist getting the camera out today now the good weather is here. The first shot is of our gorgeous boys swinging in our hammock (which by the way was transported personally from South America by my amazing sister Sam!). The we headed to Montpellier Park today in the sunshine with the boys. Great spot. We enjoyed much chasing around the flower beds, and more giggles than you could shake a ticklestick at. Memories to last a lifetime.
Thought I’d hook up with Chanelle again this week and test out some clamshell lighting techniques. Clamshell is a popular lighting technique for beauty shots. Here are the results from three variations (i) Single softbox overhead, (ii) single soft box with reflector, and (iii) two soft boxes, one above and one below. The single soft box is quite harsh, with lots of unpleasant shadows. While the reflector bounces the light back, it cannot be controlled so it’s “output” is fixed. The twin soft box set up allows you to tune the levels for best effect. The key to this shot is “separation” to emphasise the facial features. The most important piece of technical equipment in the shoot is the one you can’t see – the light meter, used to check light levels and determine exposure. The last shot has had some retouch to soften skin, brighten eyes, and really make the image pop.
The weather was on our side today as we headed early in the morning to beautiful Pittville Park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It felt like a real privilege to photograph four generations of the Amos family! Looking to build on this project with more natural light portrait sessions in the stunning parks, hills, and wild places around our great county.