A Session with Andie
One of my good friends from high school, Andie, asked me over Twitter for some B&W shots of her. I was happy to oblige. She told me she wanted to go for a very natural look, so I immediately recalled Katy Perry's photo shoot with Rolling Stone magazine a few years back.
I always admired how natural everything looked and how the light from the window seemed to envelop her.
It didn't seem like there were any additional lights used (except maybe some reflectors).
I went looking around my house for a similar light source and found a window that took up the majority of the wall, so I figured I'd start there.
For lighting, I placed two strobes facing the window to help supplement the light and blow out the background. I was having difficulty getting precise focus since Andie was in the shadow surrounded by light, so I placed a Z96 LED Light in front of her to help with focus. All the lights are daylight-balanced, so there wasn't really an issue with different color temperatures.
Andie made everything so easy! Needless to say, everything went smoothly. I shot with my 5D Mk III with the Sigma 70-200 ƒ/2.8. The long focal lengths did a great job compressing the background and made sure not to compress her great features.
To edit the photos, I brought them into Aperture and did my initial adjustments. Then I used Lift & Stamp as necessary.
Here's an example of how I would edit:
The whole point of this session was to get some B&W images, so I picked some of my favorites and either did a
- Low-contrast edit
- High-contrast edit
- Both, depending on the image