Photography Session: Roc Yur Role Fashion Event

8 06 2014

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. Within the stretch of five days, this is my fourth posting. So far, based on the stats, I seem to be getting a good number of people who are interested in what I have to say. So I must be doing something right at the moment. But anyways, this posting will be another installment of my photography series. This past friday, I attended the “Roc Yur Role” fashion event that was held at the Couture Modeling Studio.

I'm happy with how this photo looked when I put it in B&W.

Model Ksenia. I’m happy with how this photo looked when I put it in B&W.

This event presented a good challenge as this was a crash course in shooting at night along with not having ideal lighting conditions. For the most part, I alternated between the 50mm lens and a 85mm lens that a fellow photographer was willing to let me use. For both lens, I kept the aperture at f/1.8, had the shutter speed at 1/250, and placed the ISO at 1250.

Christian Medina

Christian Medina

With only a overhead lamp at the end of the runway, getting good shots were a pretty tough challenge. Some of the models would stop well short of the lamp, making it hard to see them well. Others would stop directly under the lamp, causing a hot spot on their foreheads and shadows over their eyes. I tried different methods to see what would work from my end. As mentioned, I alternated between lens and also took photos from different positions. At one point, I experimented with using the speedlite.

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Model Shea. Took this photo with the 50mm lens.

While the speedlite helped on some photos, I didn’t like how it killed the colors from the other lights and made everything look bland. I was fortunate to use the other photographer’s 85mm lens as it helped to compensate for the crowded room. The first two photos that I posted were shot with that lens as I was positioned at the back of the room. It gave me the tight shot that I would want with the 50mm without having to try to manuever through family and friends of the models.

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Model Yesenia. One of my favorite shots. She was just in the right spot.

During the editing session, I was surprised at how well some of the photos came out. My main concern for these photos was the hotspot that the overhead lamp made on the models. So what I did when it came to tweaking was lower the saturation and increase the vibrance. I figured by lowering the saturation, it would decrease the harshness of the lamp. Then by increasing the vibrance, it would help maintain everyone’s natural color.  So with the results that I got, this was a great learning experience for me as I feel I fared pretty well.

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Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page

 

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