Most of my friends know that I do not like flash photography because of the inconsistency. Now I will be the first to admit, that I do not know "all of the tricks" when it comes to working my flash, and I will admit that without the use of a separate light meter, it comes down to a matter of trial and error in the end. Like everything else in life, it comes down to learning, or being taught the tricks and having the equipment available to see what works and what doesn't. The problem with most hobbies, but photography especially, is that the expense outweighs the income, unless it turns from hobby to profession and you've got people that will pay you for your services. For instance, a light meter can range from $150 (CDN) to $1400 (CDN), and an inexpensive studio lighting kit is about $750-$1400. This is where knowing and meeting people like Tim Rollans (http://www.trollans.ca/
) who graciously has accepted me into the Model World Calgary team, will help my skills, and has already opened up a brand new world, and a brand new branch of my original passion for photography. And there are also people like Al Del Degan (http://www.aduro.ca/
) whom I haven't met yet, but has done some fantastic shoots with some beautiful friends of mine. I'm looking forward to finally meeting him in the next few weeks.
I must admit, I was a bit nervous Saturday morning as I had never met Tim or Monika before. And I've NEVER worked in a studio with the proper lighting. I met Tim and right away it was a fun relaxing time. Monika (both a photographer and a model) was there and she has to be one of most beautiful photographer's I've ever met. I can see now, why she does both. She has a great eye, and imagination for behind the camera, and that transfers into her work in front of the camera. Knowing Tim's concept of Model World Calgary, which is to bring and share all talents of all aspects of the photography world, is just amazing. The studio has taken an extreme amount of work to get it to where it is now, and Tim has done an amazing job!! His vision, creativity and ideas are endless, and just being around Tim and Monika for the first 20 minutes, got my creative mind going too.
Not long afterwards, Brittany showed up. I had seen photos of Brittany thanks to the beautiful world of the social networking page of Facebook, but wow...she truly is a beautiful woman....I can see why she is a model. Kassandra showed up too. I've known her for quite a while, so it was great to see her out of her work atmosphere and on a personal basis for a change. Once Kassandra was changed, Monika started shooting photos of her, while Tim was setting up for some shots of Brittany on a couch that's in the studio.
Graciously, Tim let me bring my camera, and since I was shooting without the studio lighting hooked up to my camera (as Monika and Tim were shooting) I was set at 1600 iso with my 18-55mm F2.8 lens which allowed me to at least get some decent (ish..) photos and some really good shots of Tim and Monika at work. The creating of the photos...er..photos :) Luckily when Tim was done getting the shots he wanted, he kindly mounted the pocket wizard remote on my hotshoe, and advised me I could do some shots of the gorgeous Brittany. This was my very very first attempt using anything like a pocket wizard and a strobe/softbox setup. Using the light meter, and the test button, you see what Fstop to use and such settings that you normally would have to do the trial and error approach. Just looking at the results on the very small screen on my VERY OLD Nikon D70, I could tell the difference from what I've been used to, and I must say...I'm now hooked on studio!!! (quite different to hooked on phonics).
I would like to get a new camera body this year, but it's going to be tough as the D700 is over $2000, but this is my passion and eventually I will have some better equipment.
Now that I have a studio available for rent, with the lighting that is required and such, I can hopefully start to provide results better than I ever thought I'd be able to. Now it's just more practice with the proper lighting, and I'll definitely be able to provide some top notch pictures for some models and friends. Any studio work, of course, would take some payment from the models, as I would have to rent the studio from Tim. But, any of my friends that want some truly brilliant studio photos done, please let me know, and we can talk costs for studio shots.
I'd like to thank Tim Rollans for everything so far, and for what we have in mind for the future. I would like to thank Kassandra Schultz for letting me do some photos of her and for being a great friend who loves bringing me beers at her work LOL!!...hopefully one day we can do a proper shoot using the proper lighting :) Monika Forintos for being just a great person and a fantastic bundle of energy and creativity. The results were (I think) amazing!!! :)
It was a great pleasure working with such kind, funny, and passionate people!!
Let's take this to beyond the limits anyone ever thought possible!!!!