I am not a wedding photographer … probably would never be … why so? I don’t know why, but I just know it 🙂

Never before I shot at wedding as ‘The Photographer’ … I volunteered to shoot the wedding of my friends; fully confessing well in advance that ‘Guys, don’t expect an exceptional job from me … so are you really sure to stick with me as your wedding photographer?’ … ‘Yes we do’ … now I had to deliver !

It turns out; it’s not so difficult as it sounds … shooting a wedding, it’s just point & shoot kinda stuff. You don’t have much time to architect the shot; you blink you miss … and you should NOT miss !

Shooting a wedding as solo photographer; no backup camera; no assistant … bad idea. Not that I got into any trouble or had some equipment malfunctioned … But I realized afterwards, I had no plan B. So are you shooting a wedding? Then have your plans A & B ready to execute !

Once you overcome the demon of where & when to start shooting at wedding; it becomes very easy, your photographer auto pilot takes over & you go on cruise control:

How I made this shot # 5

Posted: April 17, 2010 in My Shots Revealed

Change the light setup and you have a totally different look of your subject. Remember my first blog in ‘My Shots Revealed’? This is the same model … both shots are from same photo session 🙂

Excellent work by makeup artist !

For this particular shot, I opted for 2 lights setup. I used a softbox strip on camera left, placed slightly behind the model aiming down towards the model; this way I managed the hair line separation and also created a slight highlight on the shoulder. Beauty dish was my main light, placed right off the camera on a boom stand; slightly high above the model facing down. A gold reflector was used on camera left to lift some shadows but more importantly to create the warmth and glamour touch.

This particular shot required very minimal post processing work; I just fixed some flying hair and voila here is the result of above setup along with the light setup diagram.

Amsterdam is such a beautiful city; the moment you step into the streets, you get instant boost in your inspiration. The mood, the light … they are so soft that you really can’t go wrong, even if you wanted to … but why would you? 🙂

Bicycles are super hit products there; I have never seen so many of them anywhere else. My hotel was located next to train station; there was a huge bicycle parking lot in front, full of bicycles, I reckon around couple of thousands were parked there. For a minimal cost, people from outskirts could park their wheels there … they would very conveniently just grab their bicycles coming off the train and hit the road … economical & effective

No matter how I love cycling, I still opted for manual walk … didn’t want to miss a single opportunity of a shot. You don’t need to architect a shot there; it just happens to be there, waiting for you … and that is where you start thinking; does place matter? … this is tough one to answer actually; ‘yes’ in most cases. I have been to quite a lot of places around the world (59 cities; 28 countries and counting); some places do possess that magic for so called ‘money shot’ … while for the rest, you need to be either lucky or really imaginative. This is not an excuse to stop shooting, but on the contrary … sometimes it is really required, you have to think out of the box

My visit was very short one, so I didn’t have the chance to visit out of Amsterdam; this is on my ‘to do’ list for next time. So much was to be seen but not enough time … and for the next week or so I couldn’t take my mind away from this song which was being played at a café … “ I am from Holland ***** “ 😀

How I made this shot # 4

Posted: April 8, 2010 in My Shots Revealed

‘More … the better?’ … yes why not 🙂

Bringing more lights in action can add different dimension in the shot. In this particular shot I used three lights setup, which meant slight more complexity. I had to balance out these lights equally so each of them could play their role perfectly. Usually I try to plan my light setup well in advance; this way I save lot of time during actual shoot. Light setup is purely decided on the look & effect which you desire to achieve

In this particular shot, I placed a strobe with grid on it right at model’s back; just enough to keep it out of frame. I didn’t require too much power here, as I just needed a hint of backlit effect. On model’s right side I placed a strip soft box; this gave a bit of separation with very soft light on the side. My main light was again white beauty dish, placed just right of the camera. Model was kept around 8 feet away from black background.

This particular shot required almost no post processing work; I just evened out some untidy flying hair and voila here is the result of above setup along with the light setup diagram.

How I made this shot # 3

Posted: April 4, 2010 in My Shots Revealed

Beauty dish is one of my favorite light modifier tool; majority of the time while working with one light setup, I only use beauty dish. Boom stand is another excellent arsenal in my selection; it just multiplies your options to place and direct the light.

This particular shot was again a one light setup; I placed the white beauty dish on boom stand high above the model. With the grid on beauty dish, I was able to control the light on model. I used a white card just under model’s face for fill; just enough to lift some shadows and pop the shot. I wanted to have all details in sharp focus so I shot at F11. Since this was a close headshot; placement of model from the background really didn’t matter. Kudos to makeup artist for great work !

This particular shot required some medium post processing work in PS; I had to even out some untidy hair from face and eye, slight re-touching to remove some spots form skin, voila here is the result of above setup along with the light setup diagram.

How I made this shot # 2

Posted: April 1, 2010 in My Shots Revealed

I always try to be as simple as possible in my light setup; working with one light is easy and effective. In this particular shot, I just used a white beauty dish with grid on it. With grid on beauty dish, I was able to control the light on subject, also allowing me to have less spill on the background.

Model was kept around 7 feet away from the background and was metered at F8; this allowed me to have maximum details in sharp focus. White makeup was done on purpose to have strong contrast.

Once again very minimal post processing work was required; I just evened out some untidy hair from face and slight re-touching on the face to remove some prominent spots, voila here is the result of above setup along with the light setup diagram.

How I made this shot # 1

Posted: March 25, 2010 in My Shots Revealed

Light setup for this shot was pretty simple one. To light the black paper background, I used two Profoto 600 heads with zoom reflectors on them. Background was metered at F11 to have an even mouse gray color. Both strobes were flagged to avoid the spill on model. Model was kept around 7 feet away from background to maintain the separation between background lights. White Profoto Beauty Dish, slightly right of camera was used as my main light and model was metered at F8. Lastly I added SB800 at 1/16th power with a snoot on it, just to give some details on hair. Flying hair effect was done by using the reflector as fan, powered by voice activated assistant 🙂

On this shot, very minimal post processing work was required; I just evened out some flying hair from face and voila here is the result of above setup along with the light setup diagram.