Practice. Play. Practice. Play.
Poor Ben. He's up early for cross country and he works hard at school. Like most teenagers he's looking forward to a little break when he gets home from school. Maybe a little couch time with a video game, his dog and a snack. But it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes when he gets home he gets pulled into the studio to sit in for a "test." A test generally means one of two things. Either I have a big shoot coming up and want to rehearse my stuff or I got some new gear and I need a victim to try it out on. Sometimes it's a mix.
The portrait above wasn't lit right but it was important to me to try out the lighting and see what the result looked like on the same film I was considering shooting for a job. By doing the test I understood that I wanted a softer main light, a lot less fill and a lower midrange value for my upcoming project. And I wanted a different film.
While many believe you can save just about anything in post production I can't help but think that you can make images even better if you stick good stuff into PhotoShop to start with. Silly? Maybe. But it's habit.
Fuji Neopan 400 (Switched to Tri-X for the job; liked the grain better....), Camera: Rollei 6008i, Lens: 150mm. Lighting: 28 inch beauty dish on a Profoto Acute B head.
Just because this image wasn't perfect doesn't mean I consider it to be a total loss. As an 8x8 inch print one of the grandparents will love it.......and then ask my why it isn't in color...