Navigating Challenges with Experience by Lenworth Johnson

Words and Photos by Lenworth Johnson - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

Capturing Beauty and Fashion: Navigating Challenges with Experience
"In a world enriched with beauty and fashion photography, every shoot presents its own unique set of challenges. From unexpected weather conditions, to last-minute changes in locations or concepts, as photographers, we must be prepared to adapt and also be able to think on our feet, solving the problems as they present themselves, in a quick and efficient way to ensure a successful outcome. However, with experience comes the ability to anticipate potential hurdles and have contingency plans in place, allowing you to keep the show going smoothly."

Preplanning: The Key to a Successful Shoot
"One of the most critical aspects of preparing for this shoot was preplanning. This involves not only conceptualizing the overall look and feel of the images but, you also have to consider the logistics. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can ensure that you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve on the shoot day, making it easier to adapt to any unexpected challenges that may arise and also make sure that the entire team is onboard and fully supports all aspect of the shoot."

Speaking with Light: The Art of Control and Emotion
"In the world of photography, light is everything. It can make or break a shot, transforming an ordinary image into something truly extraordinary. As a photographer, it's essential to understand how to control light to your advantage. Whether you're using it to enhance your scene and create a mood/emotion within the final capture or you're working with a natural light source or artificial lighting setups. The key is to experiment, push boundaries, and explore new techniques to create images that truly speak to your audience."

"In conclusion, capturing beauty and fashion images is a dynamic and ever-evolving process that requires both technical skill and creative vision. By approaching each shoot with a combination of experience, preplanning, and a deep understanding of light, you can overcome any challenge and create stunning images that resonate with you and your audience."

Platypod Rig:
The Platyball Elite transformed my approach to beauty shoots, providing the versatility and precision I needed. It offers me the ability to quickly capture vertical or horizontal framing effortlessly, enhancing the quality and creativity of my workflow. Working with limited time, achieving the perfect composition is crucial, and the Platyball simplified that process, solving a significant challenge with ease.


Lighting and gear used:
Canon EOS R6M2
F/8, 1/250, 24-105 @33mm
Platyball Elite Tripod head

Key Light 25" Parabolix
Background light 7" reflector for separation
and a fan to get some movement.


To view more of Lenworth's incredible work, visit his website here you can also find his latest works on his Instagram page here, be sure to give him an add.


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