Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Foray Into Flash Photography {Take 2}

As I mentioned yesterday, I finally got up the nerve to get out and experiment with my new flash a bit this past weekend. I used it to take a handful of photos of Kevin Friday morning, and then I asked Kelly if she would be kind enough to pose for me while I practiced again Friday evening.

You may remember Kelly from her session last fall.  I asked Kelly to model for me because she is awesome in front of the camera and requires almost no direction to look amazing in photos.  I knew that she would be comfortable to do her thing while I attempted to do mine, as I fumbled trying to find the dials and adjustments on a new piece of equipment that I had no clue how to use.

We decided to venture to the top of a parking garage so I could get some experience using the flash in the changing light conditions of the setting sun.  I took the opportunity of having a willing model to try my hand at varying the intensity of the flash and the distance I was standing from her to see the affect on the lighting of the photo.  I know I have a long way to go before I will master using my new flash, but after getting a little practice under my belt I'm no longer quite so intimidated by the process!  I honestly don't know how much the flash will become a part of my routine with clients, or if it will be mostly reserved for the personal event photography that I had in mind when I originally purchased it.

Regardless of where I decide to take my flash photography in the future,  I had an absolute blast photographing Kelly again and creating what I feel are some really fun and amazing photos of her.  Of course, when you have a model as stunning as Kelly, awesome photos are going to be a given!  So, other than sending a HUGE thank you out to Kelly for taking time out of her insanely busy schedule to pose for me, I'm going to quit with the babble and show off her photos...

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