If you have read the earlier post on models and lighting, you should be able to see some of what I learned put to good use here. My family and I were invited to a bar mitzvah and I brought along a lot of lighting gear, which I think really paid off.
In this first photo, you can see how nice the lighting is on the bar mitvah boy. The photo was taken during one of the days of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which explains the plants and fruit he is holding. The image to the side here is very low resolution, but you should still be able to see lighting that is strongest on the side of the face closest to us and some light from behind which helps to define the image a bit.
Another concept I spent some time on at the model shoot which came in very handy here is “white balance.” I learned some better ways of ensuring that the photos you take represent the colors the way you want to see them. In this particular type of photo, we want the colors to look fairly accurate, and the techniques used seem to have worked. The citron fruit and the flesh tones, as well as the blacks, whites and greens in the photo all look accurate, without any significant color cast to the image. Flash photography usually shifts the colors somewhere into the blues, so good white balance will compensate for that and bring colors back to where we want them.
Incidentally, the bar mitzvah boy was excellent. See below for another photo and some more commentary.
Look at how vivid and accurate the colors appear (ok, you can also look at how happy he is and by the way, the photo was not posed). Also, the lighting was set up to avoid the “deer in the headlights” effect that many people get when they use a point and shoot or a DSLR with flash. Here we have nice even lighting which makes you think that the room was very evenly lit (it wasn’t). A good portion of the image also looks almost three dimensional, again because of the lighting.
I am going to post another photo or two that I really had fun with, but since the family hasn’t seen all the photos yet, I will wait a bit before I do that.