Last Sunday I went to Williamstown Little Theatre to take the first headshot photos of the cast of their new production Continental Quilt. I say first headshots because not everyone was there on the day… and the photos didn’t really turn out that great and I may need to go again tomorrow.
I am currently in a precarious situation with my photographic equipment… well, precarious situation all around. I’m currently in less than ideal living situation and a lot of things have gone to storage, including my lighting equipment. So, taking headshots, where soft light benefits a lot the end result, is a bit of a challenge when it is raining (Sunday) or when night (what will be tomorrow).
If you abstract the pesky shadows produced by the overhead lights on the photos, they look good. But as a photographer, that is not enough, at least for me. I will work with what I have and what I will have after tomorrow’s shoot. If I get a decent light from the set tomorrow, I will photograph everyone again in that light and great. If I can’t get a decent light, I will photograph only the person that did not attend on Sunday with the same-ish light and try to edit out as much of the shadows as possible using Photoshop (new skill to learn).
I am hoping that, one way or another, my current situation will resolve itself quickly and I will be able to resume my regular photographic activities, whichever equipment I may need. Fingers crossed.
I leave you with a photo from WLT’s last production Jumpers for Goalposts.