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.

2 comments:

threewhln said...

Sarah/Sean,
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.

Chris

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)