Thandiwe vs. Mutua [Round One]
As promised when I showed you the amazing work of Thandiwe Muriu on this post, here is the first round of this epic battle haha. This was a very quick shoot with the model, Sheena. She was a bit shy in the beginning but she did great(I think she might have been scared of my beards). Either way, it was a cool session in which we both schooled each other with a few tricks here & there. I learned quite a lot on taking flattering female shots and a few post processing tricks. I’d like to think that Thandiwe also learnt at least one thing from me :).
Similarities & Constants :: The most important thing to take home here for any photographer starting out is how interesting it is that 2 different people with the same exact equipment can achieve such different results. We both used Thandiwe’s D7000(some of you may know that this is my next camera-may God hear me now-). We both used my studio lights (2 lights both with a modeling and strobe within). We both were each others assistant and we both shot the same model. So instead of trying to shoot like each other, we each brought our own style to the table and shot while helping each other achieve the best possible image for our respective styles.
Major differences of style :: Thandiwe is all about harsh light on the model to accentuate her features, in this case, her jawline and flowing collar bone. She takes lots of care on her shadows under the eyes(this she eases out by having me hold a reflector right under Sheena’s face just outside the shot), this way, we don’t have too much shadow under the eyes. I, on the other hand went for the softness. I killed the strobes & used the modeling lights so that I could shoot shallow depth of field to blur out some parts of her face. While doing so I also got a warmer feel and a very soft look that still accentuated her facial structure.
Without further blah blah…here are the results. Naturally, ladies first.
Thank you ladies and gents for your attention. Thank you Sheena for being our lovely model. Till round Two, we, Thandiwe & I, Mutua Matheka bid you adieu.