Following the review, I invited fellow second year student Joanna Ornowska to come and talk to us about some of her work. After the assignment to 'document a meeting' was set, Joanna's photography (in particular her Park Portraits series) came to mind. We asked about and discussed with Joanna her methods of approaching and directing strangers, her considerations of light and composition, and the technical challenges she dealt with. All of which was very insightful, and I hope useful to the group.
Her photography of strangers she meets is continuing - at the moment it's couples walking on Welsh mountains - and there is also her more personal and intimate project Awake, looking at her family life during and after her illness with hepatitis C and skin cancer. Joanna shows a great level of dedication to her projects, which is reflected in the quality of her pieces. Each time I see her work I am inspired to better my own.
For the remainder of the afternoon we had a flashgun workshop with Kevin, which I will endeavour to sum up here:
- The power of the flashguns can be stepped up or down by 3 stops (above or below the ambient exposure) so they can be used as a subtle fill light, your main light , or for an over-exposed effect.
- The lights can be used on-board and off-board - mounted to light stands or tripods, using super clamps, magic arms, or just the foot, or you could even get an assistant to hold it.
- They can be altered to send light in different manners - direct, bounced, diffused, or coloured using gels.
- There are different ways of firing them remotely: using a radio trigger; using the 'SU 4' setting (similar to the 'cell' function on the studio heads); or using the flashguns' in built radio signals - which means setting one flash as the 'master' and the other(s) as 'remote' (remember that the master can be the camera's own flash).
- Different models and brands will vary in settings and terminology, just to keep it confusing for us.
- You'll need to provide your own batteries (usually AA) and ideally they should be above 2000mAh (milli-amps).