Today, I planned to spend some time shooting portraits with off-camera lighting. However, I have the challenge of needing a model. My trainer at the gym agreed to model for me next week, but I’d like to have some trial runs before then. Since Pat and Tisen are strobe intolerant (I think it’s linked to the lactose intolerance gene), I decide I should try doing a self-portrait instead.
I get as far as installing the live-view software on the big computer so I will be able to see myself, but once I get the camera tethered to the computer and start remembering how to use the software (it’s been years since I tried this), I get distracted.
Tisen has hopped up on the sofa with Pat and, as usual, I cannot resist him as a model. I take a few shots of Tisen laying next to Pat’s legs, then I decide to try to put myself in the frame.
Since I’m shooting with my 100mm lens in our living room, I manage to get my throat in the frame by sitting on the floor in front of the sofa. Tisen appreciates having my shoulder to rest his head on–he was starting to slide of the edge of the couch.
While there are a lot of shadows, I like the natural light and the way it seems to highlight Tisen’s face. I also like that Tisen doesn’t run away when I shoot in natural light.
I discover it’s very difficult to come up with a pose that captures both my face and Tisen’s in the same frame without causing some rather frightening looking twists in my neck. (I won’t mention how quickly I delete most of the photos when I see the folds in my skin!)
It’s a bit awkward to readjust a camera when you’re the model, especially when you’re counting on a dog to lie still so he’s still in the frame while you get up, go over to the tripod, adjust, sit back down, try to get back into position, and then, finally, shoot some more. Tisen is amazingly complacent. He looks somewhat miffed when his head rest gets up and walks away, but as soon as I sit back down, he snuggles his head in deeper against my neck. How could anyone not love this dog?
I realize that if I’m going to do a self-portrait with the studio lights (which will be tomorrow’s exercise since we’re not hang gliding), I’m going to need something to focus on. If only Tisen were 5’ 10”. Well, maybe not. Pat is working tomorrow, which is why we’re not going hang gliding, so he’s out. Perhaps I can figure out how to attach Mr. Beaver to a broom handle and prop him up where my eyes should be? That should be interesting!
The other thing I realize is that I need a white background. Looks like I’d better go figure out how to hang a sheet.