I’ve discovered that I have a ridiculous face that I make when I’m trying to figure out lighting in a room. I squint one eye, grit my teeth and open one corner of my mouth. It’s really attractive.
I also wish it’s something I knew well before now. I can imagine how great I’ve looked over the years on shoots. It could simply be that never before have I been challenged so much. Maybe this is a new look. I’ve started doing studio lighting with TSS Photography. It’s been great, working with positioning, diffusers, etc. It’s stuff I’ve never done before.
The past two weeks we’ve been in Lynchburg crammed into this tiny circular building, tasked with setting up a green screen and a giant backdrop for team photos. It is on first glance, physically impossible. Halfway through the shoot we had to yank my tall middle light out of position to fit all the kids in a shot for a team photo, and it buggered up everything. I had one little guy waiting for his photo and a shadow I couldn’t eliminate. This is when I discovered the look. Well, not discovered, rather realized that it occurred without my knowledge.
Oh well, if my brain works better when my face is screwed up and hideous, at least the photo will be perfect.