In my previous post I described how I have made a conscious effort to evolve my personal style away from where I was going until about a year ago. I felt my photographic style was too influenced by my stock photography work.
Here is an example of how I have approached evolving my style in the studio. In previous shoots I would have started with a lighting plan, set up all the lights and metered to get the exposure values I wanted. Then I would have tweaked things once the model was positioned.
For this shoot, I started with no lights. Once I had the model positioned, I added a light directly above the model. Why? Just because I don’t normally do that.
Then, I started placing other lights and looking at the effect that was developing. It wasn’t completely random—I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish but it was very general. It was more along the lines of looking for dimensionality, contrast, perhaps a mood. It wasn’t specific in the way my work has been in the past.
The result is something beyond what I originally envisioned and nothing like what I would have shot two years ago. I think it’s much more sophisticated and evolved.
The work takes longer this way but I think it’s worth it.