I always find the cliché "it is better to sweat in training than to bleed in battle" really works for me time and again in most everything that I do.
Two days ago, I was invited to an out of town shoot and did not have any idea what to expect. I actually only brought with me my N95 camera/phone and did not have any intention of doing any serious photo shoot.
As it turned out, my friend and photography mentor, IBARRA DERI, wanted me to participate in their exercise and asked me to actually shoot their invited model. He even handed me a Canon 5D with a 70-200 f2.8L IS lens to try.
As an experienced nature and landscape photographer, I know that glamour/fashion photography is a totally different discipline. But my L2RP training has given me the confidence that I can shoot anything when necessary given the right equipment. What came to mind right off was an online photography class exercise in 2002 where I had to shoot an egg from 25 different angles.
And so, with a borrowed camera in hand, I began jockeying for position with 12 other experienced fashion and wedding photographers from Club Camera Digital (CCD). Camera on AV set at F5.0, ISO 200 (a bit cloudy), and focus set to multi, I started shooting the egg, er, the model. Eyes on the lens, eyes to the right, show me those pouting lips, look to the left, you can hear everyone asking.
When the smoke has cleared, I shot a total of 29 frames for two different poses or about 15 frames per pose. It is a good thing that the other photographers were very kind to me as they did not push too hard trying to compose their own shots. Below is my keeper for the said event.
I haven't asked my mentor yet to comment on this picture but I am confident that I will make the grade. This only proves to show that my L2RP concept does work provided that one puts his heart into it.
By the way, the model is DANIELLA SEVILLA, a 16 year old student from British School Manila. Doesn't she remind you of an American actress married to…? You know who I am talking about.
1 out of 29 shots is not bad especially when compared to Bruce Weber's Pirelli 2003 Calendar shoot where he shot a total of 12,000 frames. That's 1 keeper out of every 1,000 shots. Not bad at all.
Now, do I still have time for a career change?