Our second portrait workshop the summer was with Nicola Papperazzo, Chloe Mason and Andy Blue McLaren.
We split it into a couple of locations on the west end of Leeds city centre. Starting in the flowery Park Square, where I showed people how to use flowers in the foreground to add blurry texture – like this one of Nicola
The sun light was low and warm, so we also made use of that with shots like this one of Chloe, where she’s looking straight towards the sun
The sun soon left the square, so we moved on to a spot with some fantastic graffiti – a building which used to be the police station many moons ago!
Here’s one of Chloe, I’ve used a technique of shooting along the building,
Here’s one of the front of the building with Nicola – showing how you can use the environment as the main feature and the model only forming a small part of the image.
Next we moved to the footbridige over the A58M, Leeds inner ring road. Its not the prettiest of things so not immediately obvious a location for a shoot, but I’ve always liked its long lines, hard concrete and hand rails. It lends itself to portraits – here’s one of Andy, framed in the concrete and steel of the structure
Here’s Chloe on the bridge itself
At the end of the evening, once the light had dwindled, I captured a few shots of Chloe using just street light – you need street lights to focus for starters, plus once it’s dark, it lifts the model out of the background
Then to finish the evening off,
These next two of Nicola used just 1 softbox, quite high up to the right of her, so you get the shadow on the right of her face. Nearly Rembrandt Lighting.
We then stopped Andy from leaving by putting him in the spotlight, which he loves! Here we have the same softbox, and 2 rear lights giving them a glowing “rim” light.
And then we got all 3 together for a final few – this is my favourite of the 3 of them
Though to get this shot, we had a laugh first….
My Favourites from the night