After being inspired to create a website and start doing some senior portrait work, I realized that I needed to enhance my portrait portfolio. I called upon another of my track seniors to use as a model. I wanted to try to get some different looks than just on the track in a uniform like I did for my first senior portrait shoot.
After scouting several locations, I asked if he would meet me at the historic downtown area of the Independence Square. He agreed and we set up an appointment. Now, during my first photo shoot, things went very smoothly and I captured some amazing photos. During this one, many mistakes were made.
After agreeing on where to meet, we made the appointment for three weeks later. Unfortunatly, I forgot about science... I forgot that 3 weeks later in the fall the sun rises later in the day... so we showed up and had to wait for about 15 minutes before we could get good shots. Once the sun did come up, the picture quality was back up to the standards they should have been, but my model, my assistant (my wife) and I could have slept in longer!
I knew that my athlete wore glasses, but didn't realize/remember how much more difficult that would make my photography. I was trying to use my fill flash to make sure to have nice skin tone and a little catchlight in his eye. However, there were horrible glare and reflections in his glasses. I will definitely have to do more practice with models that are wearing glasses.
I forgot to capture several poses that I was wanting to. I had a list, but tried to memorize it instead of write it down like I did for my first senior portrait shoot. I was wanting to get some photos of him squatting in front of a certain building, surrounded by flowers. I will definitely be better organized next time, and write things down!
Lastly, while it was not technically a mistake, I decided to shoot with my 80-200mm f/2.8 this time instead of my 50mm f/1.8. I think my 50mm would have given sharper results. It also would have handled the low light at the beginning better. Finally, It would have been nice to not have to stand so far from my model to get the shots I wanted. On the other hand... the 80-200mm produced some great images, and the compression I was able to get with 200mm shots was nice. I will have to be more willing to change lenses throughout the shoot.
My model also requested to take some photos in the coffee shop on the square... but they don't open on Saturdays until 8:30 AM... and we were done with the other locations and outfit changes by about 7:30 AM. I guess I'll have to take him out a second time and get some shots in the coffee shop.
I'm thankful to be doing these practices with people I know and who understand I'm not a professional yet. I love learning this process, and am happy that even with all these mistakes I was able to capture and create (using Adobe Photoshop for the first time) some wonderful images.
Thanks T.R. for help me grow, and being understanding!