I never thought to do this during my years working at the newspaper.
Had I done that on some of those portrait type assignments, I think my skills would have improved faster.
Having a record of where I placed my lights relative to my subjects in all those situations would have allowed me to analyze my work.
If I felt I blew it on a particular portrait, I could go back and see why.
Was it lack of space?
Were there obstructions which I couldn’t move out of the way?
Were there other light sources which I couldn’t eliminate?
Now that I find myself coaching others, these behind-the-scene pictures can give students a better idea of the challenges I faced when I was making the pictures.
See these other behind-the-scene pictures which were featured in Borrow Lenses website.
At the very least “bts” behind-the-scene pictures help you remember what equipment you used whether it was a speedite in a umbrella, softbox or a snoot.
While I had the light set up, I beckoned Lorena’s dad over and took this picture of them.