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With this shoot I was again involved with the second year fashion students with the 1940’s clothing. With this shoot however they were undecided to use this corner for their shoot, but i managed to convince them and to me it worked better than the other shoot.
Their idea for this wasto have the model on a plinth and have people in white looking at her as though she was an exhibit. I was not to keen on this so i asked if i could shoot the model on her own int he corner for a bit. the pose of the model brings back the femininity to the image as in the 40’s they were mostly covered to be practical and not to distracting to other people.
Overall I am happy with the outcome but the image itself would be a bit sharper. I could of also blanked off the far left blinds to stop them being too bright to take out some of the distraction. The monochrome effect is to relate back to the period of time and resemble the black and white of films as colour film would have been rare with rationing and even more expensive. To make it more modern and contemporary the location is a modern gallery room with modern items like newer style blinds and ceiling pieces.
For this first shoot I worked with the Fashion students from Coventry University. Luckily they were using 1940’s clothing. There idea for this shoot was to have her in a modern cafe before going to a ball.
Out of the above selection I think I prefer the sepia and black and white images. These images best represent the period and i do not like the colours within the other images. Furthermore I would of chosen a different location with the streets shots as I do not like the lamposts and traffic within the background, plus the sun was too bright and almost blew out the details on the models face.
Model/MUA: Rebecca Allsop
Clothes: Amber Davies
These images are the result of a Fashion Shoot collaborated between Students from our Photography Course and those Studying Fashion.
Things that did not go so well:
One of the challenging parts to this task we found, was the ability to find a time that suited all students, since we were negotiating with three different time tables (The model, the fashion student and obviously, the photographers).
As the deadline loomed over us, it seemed as though we did not have a model to work with. By the second meeting we were told we had a model, but was told nothing else. Eventually we caught wind that the person organising the model wanted to do different days of shooting to allow time for scanning and editing the film. This then left us bemused as to whether she was still working for us or not.
Despite booking the room just to be sure we had the location on our side, there was a possibility of being kicked out by someone pulling the Lecturer trumps Student card…
Things that went well:
At the end of the day we still managed to get a model, a location and various back up ones. We also managed to get the right kit as we booked ahead in advance just to be sure. Further more we all managed to turn up on time and manage to stick to a schedule.
In the end we decided to shoot in the Assembly Point room in the Ellen Terry building. This offered the best cover, ease of access and certain amounts of privacy if the model wished to change in the room or if they wished to change in the toilets then this was also no hassle.
However since this room contained a lot of glass to cause reflections from lights or other objects in the room, we decided that a test shoot would be our best option to see how we could deal with the reflections and to see any other positions we could put the lights.
First Lighting set up
This lighting set up is a very simple one. Two lights, one either side of the model to light up both sides and not to create too many shadows.
On the other hand as predicted the glass showed the lights in the background. This is not a problem for a full length image like the one above, but for a full window shot, like the one one of the photgraphers wanted to use, then it becomes an issue that would be better of resolving in camera rather than in post production later on.
Second Lighting Set up
For the second set up we moved the lights directly 3 and 9 0’clock to the model. This would eliminate the problem of the reflections and give light to both sides of the model. Also with this light it does create more shadow on the model, however this can be a good thing as it will give shape to the model and further create shadows that could give a dramatic look by covering the face or other areas when the model moves her head in certain posses. As you can see from the last image above there are some shadows forming, but notice there are no reflections to be seen.
On problem with this set up though is that the since the lights are close to the walls to stop the reflection occuring, they are now closer to the white walls and therefore create ‘hot spots’ on the edge of the windows where the most light is going. This will either be needed to be ‘flagged’ off with darker material to bounce the light away from the walls or the lights to be pointed more outwards away from the wall.
Further more the lights are no longer pointing at the window frame as much and so the white edges are also not blown out with too much light.
Another option we have is to reflect the light coming in through the massive window back onto the model. This can then control and narrow the light onto the model and not onto any of the white details to blow them out.
One more problem we came across in this test shoot is capturing the ambient light. Since the light levels will be different for each day then we can not total judge the shutter speed we need to capture this natural light to alter the mood of the sky and general area outside the window. (The higher the shutter speed the darker the light gets)