After my first shoot with Kerry I was finding when reviewing my pictures one common problem, this problem was heavy shadows within the images, most photographs from the shoot had this trait. Knowing that these shadows appeared because of the use of one light and the directness of the light i wanted to address this in another shoot. Later in the week i got another chance to shoot Kerry this time I was adement that I wanted to shed much more light on the background of these images and not just light the subject himself.
The image above was one i took to experiment with areas of the gym which i had used in the last shoot in the last shoot the background of my images specifically in this area of the gym were appearing very dark with strong shadows, as it is clear to see within the image above I have tried to address the problem and within this image I am much more happy with the outcome and the even spread of light, this is much due to the use of two lights during this second show.
Once again as like the other image sin this shoot the photograph above was intentionally lit, when experimenting with using the mirror in the shots earlier in the week in my first shoot i was keen to go back and re shoot more images providing a more even balance of light this time. I feel this images i better than the result from my first shoot, unlike previous images i feel i managed to create an even spread of light between background and foreground, unlike previous images I am happy with the reflection as before I felt the images in the mirror were perhaps to dark for the viewer to see.
Although my focus when shooting was to mainly take full body shots of Kerry so i could portray a strong figure i also wanted to take close up portraits catching the subject off guard. Above is one such image throughout the shoot i found myself moving between full body portraits and getting closer to the subject, with the photograph above I have purposely chosen to frame the subject alongside the poster in the background by doing this i felt i was drawing comparisons between the boxers in the gym and the posters on the walls which provide the inspiration to boxers.
With the image above I decided to try and shoot somewhere in the gym which i had not covered in the first shoot, when looking for spots to shoot in i thought the weights area would provide an interesting setting with many different areas for the viewer to focus on. Looking at various settings in the gym I found this location hard to get right, as i moved the lights around in various set ups i kept encountering the reflection of the flash on the metal and glass in this case the ball in the foreground has a sharp reflection and this was something I was keen to avoid. Aside from the lighting I was however happy with the way in which Kerry is lit to the left of the image.
Finally the last image above was one i shot to experiment with lighting the background, as the lighting of the background has been an issue in the other shoot i have done with Kerry i felt it important to address the issue. Overall with this second shoot I am much happier, although i feel that i made some strong images in the first shoot i was glad to have the chance to reshoot some images and correct any mistakes i may have made the first time round.
The shot above was one i took as a spare of the moment whilst outside the gym, although i only got the one shot i was very pleased with it, i feel it is aided by the background the stone wall provides a simple setting which allows the viewer to focus fully on Kerry.