Model Leah Hotte at Ontario Beach and Marina, Lake Ontario, in Rochester, New York. This was a beautiful day, just before the sun started to set. I’m not happy with the sunlight on the beach (once again, having an assistant with a reflector would’ve been helpful), but once a thin layer of clouds diffused the setting sun while at the marina, the lighting was perfect. We had fun with this shoot and got a lot of great shots.
Model Leah Hotte poses in a colorful purple romper at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York. This wasn’t our first choice for a location, but the brick building and birch trees provided an interesting backdrop.
One technique I’m experimenting with uses exposure compensation and my camera’s highlights feature to help produce a brighter exposure. With exposure compensation, you can increase or decrease the brightness of your photos (essentially by adjusting the shutter speed). With the highlights feature, the camera shows you what parts of your photo are “clipped“, or so bright the camera can’t reproduce the image (essentially pure white).
I start shooting with a high exposure compensation, and gradually decrease it until all the clipping has disappeared. This doesn’t always work because you might have a really bright sky in the background, and sometimes I forget to check the highlights, so I end up with a bunch of over-exposed photos. But generally this technique produces bright, well-exposed images. It’s easier to maintain quality when darkening areas of a photo in editing software than it is when lightening them.
Model Luna Mae at the Sunken Garden and Warner Castle in Rochester, New York. I continued to refine my use of a basic 70-300mm lens for this photo shoot. The higher the focal length, the more it throws the background out of focus, making a zoom lens perfect for separating a subject from the background. But, the trade off is that it’s difficult to steady the lens so motion blur is a problem. I increased the ISO to 800 to counteract that, but I think using a tripod would’ve been more helpful.
I returned to a favorite Rochester, New York location for this photo shoot with model Leah Hotte. Cobb’s Hill Reservoir, and its colorful graffiti, provides the perfect backdrop. I especially like it because the graffiti helps tell a story, and that makes each photo that much more interesting.
Model Cecelia Rose at Westcott Beach at sunset on Lake Ontario, Jefferson County, New York. I took these with a basic 70-300mm lens – this is becoming my new favorite lens for model photography! The higher the focal length, the more it throws the background out of focus, making a zoom lens perfect for separating a subject from the background. But, the trade off is that it’s difficult to steady the lens so motion blur is a problem.