Andrew Foord, returns to the blog with encouraging suggestions to help you through inspiration plateaus. If you missed out on his other articles, check them out, here and here. The remainder of this article came from him. Thanks, Andy!
What’s the best thing to do when you get photographer’s block? Shoot something! Recruit friends, family, bring the dog, bribe your neighbors, order a pizza and kidnap the delivery person. Whatever it takes. Get out there and start clicking.
This is exactly what I did for this series. First I
blackmailed begged a model friend of mine to pose for me, then I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to throw water on a model and learn something about photography. I didn’t specify the gender of the model–I thought it might help get more responses. I got 3 responses on Facebook, and my team was complete.
The Location and Lighting Set-up
If you’re like me, you have a 2000 sq ft. studio with roof access, an indoor pool, and lots and lots of big windows–I WISH! In reality, I usually shoot in my garage even though its tough to set up lights around the garage door opener. Sometimes I’ll shoot on location in a public place. For this shoot, my location couldn’t have been easier, or more budget-friendly, I used the street in front of my house.
For lighting I used 2 strobes with reflectors and grids, both were high up on stands to ensure the water wouldn’t reach them; always err on the side of safety then mixing water and electricity. The strobes were placed on either side of the model, the main aimed slightly in front and the other slightly behind. I set them both to pop at full power.
Next, I metered the light. I use a meter religiously. Proper procedure is to put the light meter underneath the model’s chin and aim it at the light, not the lens. My shutter speed was set to 1/125 with 100 ISO. The meter gave me an aperture of 5.6. I repeated the above steps for the 2nd strobe to confirm the results. Setup time, including running extension cords, setting up the lights, and metering took about 20 minutes.