Sunday, March 30, 2008

Strobist Cherry Blossom Meet Up

Diana of the Cherry BlossomsThis was an amazing shoot! Not only did we manage to rally 7 photographers at 6:30 on a Saturday morning, but we also got to be a part of Diana (Model Mayhem #677879) and Charlyn's (One Model Place # 328037) modeling debut. With two shooting locations (with a force march in between led by myself), and absolutely biting wind, we weren't able to get all the shots we wanted. But the group worked really well together and I sincerely look forward to our next shoot with these models and photographers.

Lessons Learned:
1) Have a map of the area on you at all times! Our model's got a little lost and I really wasn't able to help them. Fortunately, Hennessey and Steve were able to step up to the plate and really save the team with their DC driving savvy.
2) I need to find some weights for my stands. Although these things suck to carry around, they are absolutely necessary for shooting with wind. Fortunately, we had a lot of great photogs/ friends out there to help each other out with holding reflectors, stands, and what not.
3) Vadim has the most awesome home made beauty dish made from IKEA stuff. I need to go to IKEA and I really need to get Vadim to give us a beauty dish making work shop.
4) Don't force every shot into a "strobist" shot. When you have great available light, don't miss the obvious. KISS - keep it simple stupid!
5) I LOVE my new reflectors! This was also my first time using the reflectors I mentioned from my previous blog entry. These things are amazing.
Perks- incredibly light weight, 6-in1 gives a lot of versatility to the type of light you want in the shot, no batteries required!
Pit falls - requires a little bit of tweaking to get the light the way you want it. can't comment about the stand get because mine arrived broken due to shipping.


threewhln said...

You ask for feedback about the Cherry Blossom Meet Up.... I thought it was great. It was my first, so not much to compare it to. But as events go, I thought you had it covered and it came off well.

As you well know, while there are great locations for taking photos in the DC area, post 9/11 has placed a lot of restrictions on what you can and can't do. A location off the beaten path would be nice, and I know you've thought of that.

There are several small parks around my neighborhood. I'll do some looking and let you know what I find.

Thanks again for a great event.


Sarah said...

Thanks so much for the feedback Chris. It would be great if you scouted out some places! I think we'd be able to do a lot with some wide open spaces where we wouldn't be bothered by tourists and cops :0)