joanna bordon

Crazy photographs in the studio

21st June 2016

Background

Jo and I have worked together on dance and portrait shoots before. When she told me she was coming up to Leeds for a few days we booked a session to take a few photographs in the studio. I would have liked to have shot a few dance photographs too, but she would not avail herself. That was a shame because I had a few ideas I would liked to try out especially outdoors. That will have to wait for another time.

I also look forward to working with Jo because she is easy to work with and such a laugh in the process.

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1. One of the first shots using the ring flash. A reflector was placed to the right of the shot to add a bit of fill light. A flashgun was also put above it to add a pool of light on the top and left (as you look at it) of her head.

The shoot

Earlier this year I was introduced to a collapsible ring flash softbox that attaches to a flashgun. Even though I bought one soon after, I had not been given an opportunity to use it in the studio. This was the perfect opportunity. The ring flash was mounted on a light stand to my left and just in front of me.

Using a ring flash means there are very little shadow behind the model's head. If you look at photograph 2 you can see what I mean. The reflection in the eyes (catch lights) are round too. You can see what happens if the model wears glasses, again photograph 2. The light is also very even across the face.

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2. You can see the reflection of the ring flash in the sunglasses.

Jo also wanted a few shots that she could use as head shots for dance auditions. I factored that in. We had to take some serious ones.

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3. A front on shot. You can see what I mean about the circular catch lights in Jo's eyes. This is one is a possible audition shot.

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4. Run your fingers through your hair. As you can see Jo's hair is very curly. I like how everything in this shot leans to the right.

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5. This is one of my favourite shots. A slight variation of the previous one that utilises the elongated diamond shape created by her elbows. It all helps to focus the view into her face.

Once I was happy with the ring flash, I switched over to the 150cm octobox (one of my favourite purchases this year. It one piece of kit I wish I had bought sooner). The lights were reset and off we went again. Another variation was changing the background colour. You can see that in photograph seven.

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6. A switch to the 150cm Octobox. If you compare the ring flash photographs and this one you can see how much softer the light becomes. In this shot I did not light the background or the back of her hair.

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7. A front shot, again for a possible audition photograph. A hair light adds a little separation between her hair and the background and adds a bit of light into the hair band.

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8. Joanna is sitting or a swivel posing chair so it makes it really easy to change the angle of her body without having to adjust the lighting set up.

Post processing

The initial processing was performed using Lightroom to adjust the exposure and a bit of cropping. Photoshop was used to brighten the eyes, increase the highlights, darken some of the shadows and slightly smooth the skin. The details of the face and hair were sharpened too.

What I also did was put seven of the photographs together into a strip see below at the bottom of the page.

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9. Oops I did it again! Trying to act all innocent with those doey eyes. Once I am happy with the lighting set-up we can start having a bit of fun.

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10. If that does not work, "I'm really a little angel." I really love the catch lights (reflections in Jo's eyes). If they were not there her eyes would lack life.

Technical details

A full-frame camera with one lens throughout the session. This was my much loved 85mm f/1.8. The camera was set to manual with a shutter speed of 1/125s, ISO 200, f/4.

A coloured gel was used to change the colour of the background. The three light set-up was used for the majority of this shoot.

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11. Use the fan to hide most of the face and play it coy.

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12 Switch to landscape and play around with the shapes in this composition.

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13. Evil or mischievous plans are afoot. If you know Joanna it is probably the latter.

Conclusions

I hope you can gather from the feel and look of the photographs, we had a fun time during the shoot. We tried a few where Joanna flicked some cards through the air, but none of those were what I was after (she was rubbish at flicking them even though I showed her how to do it). I did spend a lot of time laughing at the results at the time and upon reviewing them.

This is the last time I will be working with Joanna before she is off the Barcelona soon to study dance and inflict her particular brand of humour on that part of Spain. I will miss working with her. Very few people are as relaxed and as much fun as her.

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14. Crazy use of the fan.

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15. Once again trying to act all sweet and innocent with a straw hat.

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16. A little less silly, but still loads of fun.

If you want this kind of strip created for you ask for a "Personality strip". You have any reasonable number of photographs and the strip can run vertically too.

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