This is NOT a how-to article.

It’s more of an oh-shit-what-did-I-get-myself-into article. Every time I think I’ve started to grasp photography concepts and skills, I quickly come to the realization that I have still have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn.

As part of a photo shoot for Bat Mitzvah Clubs International, I used studio lights, backgrounds and models for the first time. (Typically, I only shoot in natural light, but I had enough photography lined up that a set of beginner lights seemed worth the investment.) I was trained (if you can call it that) as a photojournalist, so basically my main job was to take an interesting picture of the action. If it was in focus, that was even better. I didn’t have to worry about double chins or bags under the eyes. If someone’s hair was slightly messy, it really didn’t matter to me.

The lighting wasn’t that hard to understand, although I’m sure I could have make some adjustments for a better outcome. However, for someone who HATES ironing, keeping the muslin background wrinkle-free was quite the challenge, and one that I failed at miserably.

Managing the models will take tons of practice. I just don’t have the “director” in me yet. Turn this way. Chin up. Chin down. Smile. Not too big. Arm down. Up a little bit. That’s it.

Ugh. Exhausting. Luckily, I had Abby and Lexie working with me, and we made it through.



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