Well, my first on location photo shoot is over and I managed to get MUCH LESS than I expected of myself. The good news I guess is that I at least got something. Here is one of those somethings…
To start the day off, the garden center owner had apparently forgotten to mention to the workers that we would be there on Sunday (during regular business hours) to do some indoor shooting. Not a big deal there, really. BUT, in addition, a coupon mailer had gone out earlier in the week, and what was normally a pretty slow Sunday was this week a hustling, bustling garden center. That meant I would not be able to set up my Alien Bees and portable strobes like I had planned. At the time of this shoot I was operating with a 6 dollar ambient only antique flash meter purchased from Ebay, so my last minute problems were compounded by the fact that I really had no backup plan.
Caught off guard i decided to just wing it and use 1 remote flash to bounce towards the background, and another flash to bounce off the ceiling to blend with the fluorescent fixtures overhead, making color correction a little easier. We also had plenty of daylight coming thru the front side of the garden center, which is all windows.
I shot my color and grey cards frequently. In fact you’ll see my store manager model holding my grey card in her hands while talking with customers in this photo
And I decided to take an extra approach that would make some of the photos marketable for not only a garden center, but for a farm fresh market type theme, both “with” a model
I tried to get a few close up shots in
And a photo to symbolize the Fall season
As well as a few that can be used year round in many, many categories like this one
And then we ended the shoot with money changing hands
MY SUMMARY of the shoot is that I was caught off guard by surprises and changes that i did not plan for, and i let my performance suffer because of it I went out and purchased a Sekonic L-358 light meter afterwards because having it would have helped a ton in this situation. If I’d have had the Sekonic meter at that time i could have metered each shot and had helpers stand (pretending to be a portable flash stand) and hold the remote flash units for me, thus making it easy to keep out of the way of real customers if necessary. Having these surprises kept me from getting the kind of color, contrast and compositions that I had planned for and drawn up in a notebook a couple of weeks before the actual shoot.
I’ll bounce back stronger than ever before on my next shoot. I gladly welcome problems as long as I can learn from them, and also as long as they do not become a regular occurrence. So like Arnold Schwarzenegger says, “I’ll Be Back !!!” Thanks for reading !