Monthly Archives: November 2013

Time for a Recap

I didn’t exactly get a shoot-by-shoot blog going like I originally intended, it would seem. No worries though, regularity can be worked on. I’m not trying to apply any pressure to blog like I used to, since it seems to be a destructive force when I’m now also writing pretty much full-time.

I'd been looking for a shot like this for some time, so I was very happy with this result.
I’d been looking for a shot like this for some time, so I was very happy with this result.

Instead of recounting the time since the first post sequentially, I’m peppering this post with recent shots I’m quite happy with; at least given the amount of time I’ve been following this new path.

I bought a smoke machine for atmospherics; this was its first (and only, so far) shoot. Performed quite nicely for $30!
I bought a smoke machine for atmospherics; this was its first (and only, so far) shoot. Performed quite nicely for $30!

It’s been three and a half months now, so what have I accomplished in that time? Well, I think my direction has improved, my clarity of vision and communication. I started working with another model with some experience, invaluable to me when I’m trying to pursue more ambitious goals.

This was a candid from the shoot, between poses. I prefer it (and its Nik processing) to the main image from the shoot!
This was a candid from the shoot, between poses. I prefer it (and its Nik processing) to the main image from the shoot!

I’ve started working on clarifying my personal direction, both professionally and artistically, and coming up with ideas about what could be commercially viable in the relatively small city I live in.

Yeah sports! I really do love the aesthetic of commercial sports photography.
Yeah sports! I really do love the aesthetic of commercial sports photography.

Thus far, gyms and clothing boutiques have struck me the most as possibilities; they each strike different parts of my somewhat split-personality aesthetic. We’ll see how that goes once I have material to start approaching them with; the marketing budget may not be there, or perhaps they’ve just been waiting for a photographer like me to come along. Who knows?

Inflicting repetitive pain on the model for this shot yielded the expression I was looking for.
Inflicting repetitive pain on the model for this shot yielded the expression I was looking for.

After that, I’m not sure yet. I’m also still working on the headshots, just a couple so far but they’re relatively easy to knock out so I’m not too concerned. I’ve found that it’s fairly easy to be silly and get past the guard of a person when you’re posing them in the ways required for headshot work- it doesn’t lend itself to a serious tone of interaction.

A Brittani headshot.
A Brittani headshot.

I did a product shoot recently, the results of which are certainly a vast improvement over my previous attempts at products. This could be something worth pursuing, I’m going to try a few more different types of product- different sizes, shapes, materials, etc. and see if that’s a direction I could also go. I’ve found that shooting a static object isn’t significantly different to shooting a person, except you have to “pose” it manually. The attention to detail, the lighting and set design, all that stuff… Pretty much the same.

And one for Ryan.
And one for Ryan.

So, more immediate future plans? I’m just looking at working with more models to help fill up my portfolio, for the time being. The behind the scenes on many of those shoots will be on Phototuts as usual. Once I have enough content to show for myself, then I can start putting myself out there. That’s going to be hard for me, being British (:P), but gotta hustle, right?

Lifestyle-clothing-catalogue-something. I like it though.
Lifestyle-clothing-catalogue-something. I like it though.

I’m currently thinking if nothing else, this blog should serve as a warning to aspiring pros the sheer amount of time and effort that has to be expended on working towards your dreams.

~Rob