Friday 22nd November 2013
My fourth shoot for my proposal was with a young man called Dominic. He is my step cousin, and he is lovely. He has a heart of gold, a very sweet individual. He has a strong love for everything Doctor Who, and is very knowledgable on the subject. For Halloween he created the outfit he is wearing in these images – as the 11th Doctor Who. It was quite funny because the day we arranged this shoot happened to be the day before the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who!
He was very nervous on this shoot, so I wanted to help him feel more relaxed – so my mum assisted me (as she knows him and talks to him a bit more than me) to talk to him – about his interest in the subject, about life – anything and everything so that he felt a little more at ease. This did have a positive effect however there were still a few nerves there which I tried to reassure Dom on and keep the communication going throughout the shoot.
I wasn’t planning on using flash in this project/series of images however because of the positioning in Dom’s bedroom where the light was coming in towards the camera at the angle I wished to shoot from, I had to add some natural flash.
As you can see these images look really dark and under exposed. I couldn’t just compensate with adjusting my settings higher either because the window (and all the possessions he has on the window cill) would have been totally blown out. I also didn’t want to turn his bedroom light on as this could have adjusted the white balance, and may not look natural. The reason I wanted to ultimately use natural light was to portray a naturalness – a nature of the person – to make emotion and soul visible.
So I pointed my flash gun at the ceiling so it could bounce off and give a more soft, natural light. This worked well too as the walls of his bedroom are white.
Over all I was very happy with how the shoot went. I think the personal struggle I still have is focusing my camera correctly… I think I need to go for my eyes testing and practice focusing on subjects close AND far away so I can get used to it. Also to learn my lens inside and out – to learn it’s focal lengths and master them so’s that I can use them to my advantage rather than having them hinder my performance.
Next, I was thinking of shooting another subject. I also want to look into Flash guns – what can be achieved with them? Can/do they still look natural? I also want to re-shoot Abi, and see which I would say are my strongest images from all my shoots so far.