I can't believe that this chapter has come to an end. It feels like yesterday that I was freaking out about the single flash assignment. Hopefully, I have grown as a photographer since then. Here is my final portrait series:
I did half of this project in California during Thanksgiving break, and then took the rest of the photos in Missouri. For the most part, the lighting setup for each photo was technically the same, but obviously they don't look as consistent as they should. It was really difficult to match the lighting in each situation because the environments are all so different. I think that it all kinda of worked together though. What I wish I were able to do was to make a more professional and complex lighting set up. Because I couldn't really bring any of the big lights to California with me, I had to continue to use either my umbrella or reflector on my strobe. Also I had to be pretty mobile so I think the single strobe worked really well in that way.
At every photoshoot, I feel like I was rushing every time because I didn't want to look like I was unprofessional look like that I had no clue how to use the flash or my camera. I didn't think about that the photos I took outdoors had the sun as the key light, and for the indoor photos I used the strobe as the key light. This would be okay, if I had realized that I moved the key light to the right for the indoor photos, and the sun is hitting the subjects from the left in the outside photos. While I was in the middle of this project, I just didn't know how any of it would look consistent, but I think that after I finished taking all the photos, I was able to actually picture what it would all look like together.
It's such a bittersweet feeling knowing that this class is over. This class challenged me and definitely stressed me out, but this was probably the most rewarding class that I have taken so far. I have learned so much about light and will definitely continue to learn more about using my strobe and create photos that I would have never imagined I would have before this class. Thank you, Rita Reed, for showing me light. lol.