Test shots for the Life Project

I recently took my brother out to do some test shots I need for a The Life Project. I need promotional photos for various media, and I wanted to make sure I could nail the look and feel I wanted before working with the participants in the film.

We went out to the downtown Albuquerque area because we wanted architecture to have a presence in the images. We arrived at about 10am and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. That meant we needed to look for shade from the buildings that surrounded us. It also meant that the longer we were there, the more difficult it was going to be to find shade as the sun would be rising higher into the sky, reducing the amount of shade created by the buildings. We only used natural light and I brought another brother to hold a reflector when needed.

Overall, I am pleased with the look, surprised to have found some beautiful locations in downtown Albuquerque, and enjoyed spending time with family. Plus, my brother did an outstanding job as a first-time model, don't you think?

Equipment List:

  • Olympus EM-5
  • Olympus 12-40mm 2.8 PRO lens
  • 5-in-1 reflector