This past weekend, I took another step towards learning model photography through a local meetup.com group.
This time it was a pinup shoot that took place in Silk’s Vintage Lingerie & Photography in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Silk’s is a very interesting shop where you can purchase tasteful underwear and also have professional boudoir and pinups shots done.
It was a great morning!
Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Tamron 17-50 lens
We learned about the portable power of studio lights, specifically Dynalite 400W/s; the how’s and why’s of using a light meter; and the range of light that a 7-foot parabolic umbrella can throw against a white background.
We are very fortunate that our group is lead by a local pro photographer, Vincent Knaus, who is a wonderful and patient instructor and his excellent assistant, Andre Williams, because the 12 students ranged from “I just got this camera and only know how to use it in auto mode” to “I’m thinking of going full-time pro within a year”.
Our model, Kate Hogan, is beautiful and funny and needed very little direction even when some of us had outlandish stories we wanted to create within our allotted 5-minute window per outfit. And her Irish brogue endeared her to us even more.
Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 105 VR macro lens
All in all, I think I got some good shots. You be the judge of this test shot.