Sometimes you just have to practice...
One of the things I don't care to do is practice my photography - only because my day job requires a lot of my time and its hard to practice when you actually get some free time. Practice is not glamorous. It's not fun. But boy it does sure get a lot of kinks ironed out and certainly make your next photo shoot go smooth as silk. I spent three hours over the weekend working on my strobe portrait lighting (remember earlier blog post on working on goals?) A recent purchase of some new studio strobes (Dynalite Baja B4's) needed to be tested out and put thru their paces. I learned a whole lot during that practice session (and already thinking about two more sessions I need to do...). Medium and small sized light banks from Chimera lighting were used in this photo (http://chimeralighting.com/products/lightbanks/strobe/pro-ii/standard-pro-ii/).
So get out there and practice stuff you are weak on or work on areas that you have goals to get better on. You will be glad you did!
Shout out to Patrick Murphy-Racey to all his guidance on lighting. I had a chance to work with Patrick last fall during a photo shoot girls sand volley ball. Patrick has an impressive background shooting portraits for publications such as Sports Illustrated to CEOs of corporate america. I can attribute my new zeal for lighting and portrait photography to him. Go check out his work!
Here's the rig set up in my spare room to do some test shots (about 60 frames taken)....
The result is my new self-portrait for my "About" page and "Blog" page.
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