Returning to concepts we’ve not done in a few years
No one would be surprised to hear me say that I enjoy experimenting and trying different digital processing techniques; it’s something I’ve done a lot over the past three years. One of the nice things about taking that approach is that I have to worry less about backgrounds and can focus more on light and contrast. It also gives me an excuse to revisit images from the archives when we can’t get out to shoot new material.
Looking over the archives from the past couple of years, though, I didn’t see any classic, black-and-white, nude sets that focus on beauty and pose. In fact, it’s been more like seven years since I’ve visited any classic theme in black and white. So, when I started considering what would be safe to shoot from a reasonable distance, that came to mind. Could we shoot a classic theme while staying six feet away?
The answer is yes, hello zoom lens.
Not that there weren’t issues. When shooting from that distance, adjusting the focal length of the lens with almost every shot, perspectives are rarely accurate. Yes, they can be fixed in post, but that risks raising other issues regarding size and perspective. A little care and a small dose of creativity was still necessary to prevent some of the images from looking warped.
That challenge aside, though, there’s a nice feeling about returning to a style that is comfortable and familiar. We’ve done some other classic sets as well that we’ll share between now and December-ish. Assuming the world doesn’t blow up this next week or something.
Our thanks, again, to Cassandra for coming out and playing with us. We still have a couple more of her sets to publish, so be looking forward to those!
Instructions feel redundant but if you’re new you’ll need to know, click on a thumbnail below to view the set full screen on your device. Enjoy.