Whenever I am doing a light set up, I will grab some nearby unsuspecting person and ask them to stand where my client is going to stand. 9 times out of 10, if I am shooting at home, this is one of my kids. Most of the time they grin and bear it and put up with me. I play with the lights, change my settings and off we go.
Last night as I was working on a set up, I grabbed my 14 year old and asked him to stand “there”. I got the same look as always do, but he obliged. And as normal, the light were too hot, this was wrong, that was wrong etc. After 3 or 4 minutes I got it to where I wanted it to be and off I went.
When I got to my Mac this AM and was downloading my images, I saw the shots of Jimmy and started to look at them. Sometimes I glace at them, many times, I just move on; but this time, I kept going back to my first shot; the “its too hot shot”. I put aside my “work” and started to play with his image a bit. After I was done with it (about 4 more minutes later), I decided to print it to see what it would look like. Normally, I will crop the image to whatever size I am printing. This time, I was lazy and didn’t do that. I told my little machine, please just size it to fit. But just as I was about to hit the “size it to fit” button, I saw the below crop. My software didn’t know where to crop, it didn’t know what I wanted. It just said, this is how it is going to fit if you don’t do anything.
I didn’t plan for any of this; it just happened. And that maybe is the best way to learn. Just let things naturally happen.