A couple of weeks ago, I headed back to one of our corporate locations in Spring House, Pennsylvania.
While across the state line, it’s only about 35 miles from me. New Jersey Turnpike to PA Turnpike, get off and there it is.
I really like the main lobby here as it’s really bright and affords me a lot of natural light.
Also, as I looked around, I saw a few different set ups I could do just by moving people around a little, but still staying in the main location.
Here’s a few of the set-ups I used. The photos up top here show how they look with people in them.
I started everyone off in front of this blue wall.
The stairway gave me another look, though, to be honest, some of the participants didn’t look to comfortable standing next to it. No matter, we just didn’t use those photos!
Just to left (camera left) of the blue wall was this little space where people could have a conversation or plug in their lap top. It had this half-curve of frosted glass. I found, that by putting up a LED light behind it to shoot through, I got a nice backlit hue on the glass.
Brian, the gent in the upper right of the mosaic, shows what it looks like in action.
The lobby area also had some taller tables that I had people leaning on, as well as this great orange couch which I’ve used once before. It adds a nice little splash of color.
The shoot was scheduled to start at 8 a.m., but I got there at 6:30 a.m. Gave me plenty of time to check out the scene, set up my little marks (pieces of black tape in an X) and play around with what may work. In addition to these setup, I threw in a couple of more inside, as well as some shots outside, as you can see above.
I didn’t shoot everyone in every spot, but it was nice to have options.
Gear wise, I went with my Canon 70D with the 24-105 lens, and my Fuji X100t. I have to say…I’m like the images from my Fuji more than the Canon files lately. I like the look and the crispness of the X100T better. I also think my 24-105 may need to be calibrated.
Overall, I was happy with these head shots. It was another good learning opportunity for me. Some folks were great in front of the camera, some were a little more stiff. It’s our job as photographers to get them to loosen up and enjoy the experience a little.
And give them the best head shots possible.
As usual, we weren’t done until the final portrait was taken.
When Flo said it was a wrap…THEN it was a wrap.
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