33/365 Big Day Eve

Tonight id the eve of a fairly big day form me. I’ll be doing a photo shoot for charity in the morning.  I’ve done this once before, and things turned out well then. But this time I am hoping to improve from what I did back then, so I spent the day preparing.   I started off with making another backdrop.  The blue marbled muslin backdrop I used years ago is still in good shape, but I just didn’t want to use it for this shoot.  I made that backdrop myself, by bundling up a 9′ x 9′ sheet of muslin, and dunking it in a bucket of blue Rit dye for about 30 minutes.  That backdrop turned out pretty good, but this time I used a different method.  First I sprayed the muslin down with a hose to get it wet.  Then I crumpled it up in a fairly loose heap on the ground in the back yard.  In three gallon containers I mixed three batches of Rit dye.  Dark Brown, Coca, and Grey.  Starting with the grey, I splashed the dye over the bundle of muslin, turning it occasionally to get the color all over.  I repeated this with the Coca and Dark Brown.  I was pretty pleased with the results.

Muslin Backdrop

Muslin Backdrop

Here it is drying on the fence in our back yard.  While it was still wet, I did a few test shots, to see how it looked.

Muslin Cole & Green Ball

Muslin Cole & Green Ball

Still some grass and dirt from doing this on the ground, but as the muslin dried, it all fell off.

Muslin & Sid

Muslin & Sid

She always seems to be around when I’ve got my camera.

Next I brought my equipment down to the church where the photo shoot will be to set everything up.  I don’t have a ton of equipment, but it took me forever to get those few little lights setup.  Here were some of the final test shots.

Light Test

Light Test

Something I lacked before was decent backdrop lighting.  This time I’m trying to light the subject and the backdrop.  Getting this set up took soooo long.  I think I’m pushing my strobes to the limit, but I think I have something I can work with until I can do better.

Cole Test

Cole Test

Here’s my Super Model.  She seems like a natural.  Something I noticed about my lighting.  There’s nothing stopping the light from going straight through my backdrop.  Nothing the reflect the light back.  I think that’s making the backdrop look washed out.  I”ll need to find something big and white to put behind it to help reflect the light back (I think anyway).  I think the lighting for the most part is fairly good, except for the lower half being a bit under exposed.  I think I can do something about that.  I had one other strobe, that I might be able to use to hep out a bit.

Cole Kayla test

Cole Kayla test

You can see my feeble attempt to get some illumination near the bottom.  This first attempt was not too good.  The next was a bit better.

Kole Kayla Light Test

Kole Kayla Light Test

I think this is better.  Tomorrows the big day.  Hoping everything goes well.

 

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4 Responses to 33/365 Big Day Eve

  1. Good luck with your photo shoot!

  2. ElizOF says:

    Best wishes on your shoot… The pictures here are quite lovely! 🙂

  3. slurryer says:

    Thanks! Things went pretty well!

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