1:1 shoot training session pictures and techniques

May 6, 2011 | Flash, Location, Studio | 6 comments

Here are 25 shots from a recent 1:1 shoot training day for a keen amateur photographer and his daughter who is training as a make up artist. The brief was to shoot a variety of fashion style images using studio flash, continuous lighting, reflected sunlight and Speedlights on location. I’ve trained the photographer in the studio before and this was very much a refresher shoot session.

1. This shot was taken at our local beach against the cliff. It was lit with a pair of 580 EX2 Speedlights attached to a Lowel Grand Stand with a Lovegrove Gemini bracket and

1. This shot was taken at our local beach against the cliff. It was lit with a pair of Canon 580 EX2 Speedlights attached to a Lowel Grand Stand with a Lovegrove Gemini bracket. The behind the scenes shot showing the stand and Speedlight rig is shot 21 of this set below.

2. In the studio to start the session we opted for punchy lighting from a beauty dish and some gridded kick lights.

2. In the studio to start the session we opted for punchy lighting from a beauty dish and some gridded kick lights.

3. The background was lit with a strobe on a floor stand fitted with a 60 degree reflector.

3. The background was lit with a strobe on a floor stand fitted with a 60 degree reflector.

4. We switched off the background light and pumped in some smoke to add a bit of drama.

4. We switched off the background light and pumped in some smoke to add a bit of drama.

5. We added a blue gel from the Lovegrove Studio collection to the background light and took this frosty frame. A Triflector helps illuminate the jacket.

5. We added a blue gel from the Lovegrove Studio collection to the background light and took this frosty frame. A Triflector helped illuminate the jacket.

6. My client was intrigued by my Venetian blind lighting modifier so we exploered

6. My client was intrigued by my Venetian blind lighting modifier so we explored some picture styles. Luckily for Katy the floor wasn't cold aluminium sheet it was a piece of cushion vinyl. So many patterns are available and they can be hung on walls too.

7. Shoot through.

7. Shoot through.

8. Light through, low key.

8. Light through, low key.

9. Shoot and light through abstract.

9. Shoot and light through abstract.

10. Light through, high key.

10. Light through, high key.

11. We then shot natural light in the viewing room before heading outside.

11. We then shot natural light in the viewing room before heading outside.

12. The outside wall of the studio was in the shade so I pumped some sunlight back into the shot with a reflector.

12. The outside wall of the studio was in the shade so I pumped some sunlight back into the shot with a reflector.

13. Luke our picture editor tweaked the colour of this image with our Lightroom vintage preset.

13. Luke our picture editor tweaked the colour of this image with our Lightroom vintage preset.

14. This shot of Katy was lit with Orbis. Orbis is a universal ringflash adapter for use with Speedlights and it does a great job.

14. This shot of Katy in a local overgrown quarry was lit with an Orbis. Orbis is a universal ringflash adapter for use with Speedlights and it does a great job.

15. The walls of the quarry make quite interesting backgrounds. We lit Katy McGee with a single 580EX2 Speedlight in a Gemini bracket with a silver umbrella.

15. The walls of the quarry make quite interesting backgrounds. We lit Katy McGee with a single 580EX2 Speedlight in a Gemini bracket with a silver umbrella.

16. This picture shows Katy with my delegate and the Gemini lighting rig. Katy is 2m off the ground and the Lowel Grand Stand can still put the light above her.

16. This picture shows Katy with my delegate and the Gemini lighting rig. Katy is 2m off the ground and the Lowel Grand Stand can still put the light above her.

17. A fallen tree crosses the path to the rock face. Katy is very agile and has a head for heights :)

17. A fallen tree crosses the path to the rock face. Katy is very agile and has a head for heights :)

There was time for a few woodland shots before we moved on to the beach.

18. There was time for a few woodland shots before we moved on to the beach.

19. This high key etherial look was created in camera.

19. This high key etherial look was created in camera.

20. After a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the studio we went to the beach just 15 minutes away.

20. After a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the studio we went to the beach just 15 minutes away. This shot was lit with the Gemini as shown below.

21. Katy on the rocks. Sounds like a coctail. Here you can see the lighting stand and the Gemini rig as used to create the top picture. Full sunlight provides Katy with the backlight.

21. Katy on the rocks. Sounds like a cocktail. Here you can see the lighting stand and the Gemini rig as used to create the top picture. Full sunlight provides Katy with the backlight. The light and stand was simply cloned out to produce picture 1.

22. Identical lighting as the shots above using the sun as a backlight and the Gemini as a key light.

22. Identical lighting as the shots above using the sun as a backlight and the Gemini as a key light.

23. Katy needed a rest so we shot on the pebbles. Only kidding! We just used the sun to light

23. Katy needed a rest so we shot on the pebbles. Only kidding! We just used the sun to light these remaining three pictures.

24. Beauty shot lit with sunlight. Fill was provided by reflected light from nearby rocks.

24. A beauty shot lit with sunlight. Fill light was provided by reflected light from nearby rocks.

25. A different viewpoint from the identical set up and lighting as above.

25. A different viewpoint from the identical set up and lighting as the shot above.

A typical 1:1 or 1:2 shoot training session can involve many locations or just the one. We can shoot in the studio, woods, parkland, the beach, a country house, a city hotel, or the urban environment, the choice is yours. We can use natural light, studio flash, Speedlights, continuous lights like Arris and Lupos, or a combination, the choice is yours. We can shoot a woman, children, couples, a family or a man, the choice is yours. My next available 1:1 shoot session date is July 26th 2011. Please email Blaise or phone 01275 853204 for more information and prices.

You can also browse our range of upcoming photography training courses here.

Feel free to comment on these pictures or ask about the techniques and equipment used.

6 Comments

  1. Catherine Fleming

    Love these images. As a professional make-up artist married to a photography obsessed professional photographer :) I would love to have seen the fantastic bright pink lips contrasting against the deep blue sky in 22. Great eyeliner too! Love 12 and the whole styling involved in it. Katy is a fantastic model and I love your posts when she’s your model.

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  2. Darren

    All i can say is wow!! When can we expect itunes download tutorials or more DVDs? pretty please…..

    I love numbers 3,7 and 12! Stunning!

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  3. David Cooke

    A gbreat shoot as usual, wonderful lighting, I love the high key shots, especiallly the ones with blown out highlights,
    something I want to learn to do.
    Katy looks as though she should be a gymnast never mind a model, sitting on that tree with her legs raised like that and keeping her balance is a special skill indeed.
    Well don and thankyou.

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  4. Mike

    Lovely set of images,my personal favourite is number five

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  5. Catherine Fleming

    Love these images. As a professional make-up artist married to a photography obsessed professional photographer :) I would love to have seen the fantastic bright pink lips contrasting against the deep blue sky in 22. Great eyeliner too! Love 12 and the whole styling involved in it. Katy is a fantastic model and I love your posts when she’s your model.

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  6. Martin Hill

    I’m loving these images of Katy, the lighting and post production is inspirational. Personal favourites are 5,6 and 12.
    well done to all, brilliant.

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