Try Something New / by Brandon Kawamura

As I've mentioned in the intro post, there have been a number of shoots I've done that I was unable to address with the blog in its previous incarnation. I'd like to address them in this post and some upcoming posts. 

Somewhat recently, I teamed up with model Lena and assistants Daren and Kato to experiment with a commercial fitness look. I was thinking under-exposed background, over-exposed rim lights, + action shots. It's been a while since I've needed to use the wagon to haul my gear, and even longer since I've used more than one light on a shoot. 

Needless to say, I learned a LOT on this shoot which in general are my second favorite kinds of shoots. I did get images that had things I liked in them, but I didn't get one that nailed what I was going for. Thanks to some much needed constructive criticism from a friend, I now know that location matters for the under-exposed background look I was going for. The less distracting black objects in the background, the better. I decided to pull the shadows up in post-processing to get a look that I appreciate more. I also learned that looking past the camera instead of at the camera in action shots is generally preferred. Also, I can appreciate the speed of the burst of more expensive lighting equipment to freeze motion better, though I'm definitely happier with the camera action-tracking results I got on this shoot than in previous action shoots. I'm also learning to embrace contrasty light sources. Next time I'll certainly consider backgrounds more conducive to the look I'm going for, but I'm always up for trying something new.

Model: @lena_m_fox_jameson_ , 56mm (84mm equivalent), f/2.8, 1/125, ISO 200

Model: @lena_m_fox_jameson_ , 56mm (84mm equivalent), f/2.8, 1/125, ISO 200

Model: @lena_m_fox_jameson_ 56mm (84mm equivalent) f/2 1/180s ISO 200

Model: @lena_m_fox_jameson_ 56mm (84mm equivalent) f/2 1/180s ISO 200