Posted on October 20, 2011
Editorial photography usually involves little or no time to photograph your subject. Typically you arrive not knowing where you can photograph, whether the person is running late / has time / is in the mood to be photographed so your decisions have to be quick and flexible. This week I had 8 seconds to photograph Professor Robert Winston – that’s 3 frames and enough time to say “please sit here”. With the shots of Bill Turnbull I had 6 frames and so I thought a critique of the contact sheet might be helpful to look at why I rejected 3 of the 6 frames and how the shot was done.
4.30pm, the sun is low and falling away but thankfully lighting the cathedral. I rejected an earlier position against a metal gate and went for the stone post. This was completely in shadow so I could control the lighting. A small softbox camera left and then a second light behind Bill. I wanted it to look more like an August afternoon than a cold October evening. The first shot or two (one light firing) was good but a bit moody. The second light really brought things alive, adding definition to neck and shoulder line. The shots that I rejected where to do with expression – teeth were better than just a smile. Note the post production to remove the distracting ironwork, cones and people! Kit – 2 x Canon 580EXII, Pocketwizards x 3, Lastolite Ezybox and 2 lightstands (my standard kit). Canon 5D + 24-105L.