As a photographer, one of the most frightening things that you face when moving to a new market, is not just the lack of clientele, but the status of idleness. Just not doing anything at all. It can become a very UNINSPIRING habit.
While this past year's Super Bowl between the Broncos and the Panthers are quickly fading from memory, who can forget the ending to the previous Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Seahawks? "Hand the ball off to Marshawn!" You probably yelled. As we pass around the blame on the play calling, I think we lost sight of the bigger picture. We lost sight of how when the Patriots' defensive backs were running off the field, the coaching staff, realizing the personnel that was on the field of the opposing team, sent all the defensive backs back on the field. Why send pass protection for a 2nd and goal play on the 2 yard line when the opposing team has one of the best running backs in the league? Malcolm Butler knew.
Butler said after the game, that not only had he seen the formation and play before, but they had practiced it several times that week and he got torched EVERY time. So when he saw the formation this time, he was ready for it. He was so ready, that he jumped the route and had perfect timing to make that last second interception, which would end up being the game winning play.
This is why practice is so important. We can tell ourselves, oh WHEN I GET THE CLIENT, or WHEN I need to know it, I'll learn then, but is that really the best use of our time? For our passions, our profession, our customers and clients? Probably not. This is why since relocating to Atlanta, Ga, I have been determined to not only shoot more personal projects, but to do more PRACTICE...
PRACTICE? We Talking about PRACTICE? Not a SHOOT, but PRACTICE!
Yes, PRACTICE. To go back to the school days where they gave you one bland or mundane project which made no photographic sense, but you would still be graded on it. Currently I'm going back to fundamental tasking and working on using slower shutter speeds with off camera lighting and flash. Today I was given some used shoes, and said, hey, why not shoot them and see what I would get.
For all three of the shots, my settings and equipment are as follows.
- ISO 64
- Shutter Speed 1/25s
- Nikon 105mm VR f/2.8 at f/11
- Nikon D810 camera
- Profoto B1 Monolight
- Profoto 5' RFI Octabank
- Avenger C Stand
- Savage Universal Vinyl Backdrop
- Savage Universal Portable stand
- 6' folding Table.
I could have used more modifiers, but my goal was to be as clean and consistent as possible. So for this tasking there are no other bounce boards, lights, or flags/reflectors used.
The image below was more of an experimentation in how to position the ankle clasp to make the shoe look more attractive. A simple piece of thread, and then held up by me while I captured the image and then removed in post. The only post work performed.
I will begin to share more of what I am doing behind the scenes and these little practice Jam Sessions. I read some of what was in Prince's "vault" when he died. So much unheard music with him and other artists. Truly just practicing. I would love to share my practice sessions with you while I can receive your feedback to get better. Thanks for reading.