Oh yippee! I’m always so fond of black and white images. I was just going through my portfolio of prints from my film classes. Am I the only one who loves the slight lingering scent of fixer on those pages? Hopefully not 🙂 I know it’s a silly thing, but I miss the darkroom so much!
With that, even though I’m working mainly digitally now, I like to try and work in series where I edit the images to be black and white. Though not the same at all, it’s nice to pretend, and I love the look and drama it gives to certain images. So for my studio lighting final, I decided to go this route!
I didn’t have that grand of a concept, per sey, while working through this final project. I wanted to have fun working with the lights, and using them to mold the face, hair, and details of my models. I mean, after all, it is a studio lighting class, so why not have the focus be on lighting techniques? So that’s just what I did, and I’m very happy with the end result. I had two lights set up, both with snoots, and sitting higher than my models, with the lights pointing at a downward angle. They were slightly behind the subjects, which caused some interesting back lighting, while also giving a little bit of a silhouette on portions of their faces. And since I wanted the focus to be the lighting, I took the saturation all the way down and presented these as black and white images, which, I think, gave it that final little extra touch. It was good to hear my professor say that I “nailed it”, and my project was well received by the class. 🙂 He knew what my idea was going in, so I was glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one who thought things turned out well.
The only critique was that there wasn’t more of them. I originally wanted at least twice as many, and apparently, everyone thought that would have been good as well. Models are still hard to come by, unfortunately, but I’m so thankful for the help I got with this project! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to expand on this later. I’ve been told that bribing people with food bodes well for the photography department. Good to know for next time. 🙂 Enjoy!