I had the opportunity to shoot with a model (a guy so don’t get carried away). Once everything was arrange I did pack all my gear (except the flash hot shoe adapter not critical)
Once I Paris I did drop my suit case at the railway station and headed to our meeting point. Station Notre-Dame.
Any I idea I may have had for this session where shattered by reality. High-noon burning white sun and thousand’s of tourists not the ideal place you would think.
There is however one quiet place just bellow next to the seine there is a paved walkway which is shaded by the boardwalk above. All the other people picked the other side in Full sunshine.
In the 2 hours we did shoot a few different looks and angles. In the end I had around 400 pictures (many un-sharp or with the wrong exposure due to the big difference in lighting). It was a great experience and fun as well.
After sorting through the pictures and deleting all the terrible ones. I ended up with a few not so bad ones and a few that did seem OK. The post processing with GIMP did take me to a completely new level. Spending over 2 hours one some of the pics. The wacom Tablet was amazing to fix the many small things.
A few lessons learned :
- Be more directive with the model
- Watch out of background
- Composition is key
- Fixing things in camera takes seconds it takes hours in Gimp/Photoshop
- What you see in the viewfinder/LCD is not what the picture looks like on the PC
- Be careful with high contrasts and exposures (that did take the longest to fix in the PC
- Have fun while you are learning
Many thanks to Babacar for his time and patience you can find him here