Artu Nepomuceno

Professional Photographer based in the Philippines



Working with a Theme and only Using Natural Light on a Female Model

I do hope that by the time you're reading this, you've watched through the whole project. If you're reading this and you haven't gone through all the videos, stop right now and finish up the lesson!


You good?


Once again, thank you for joining me in my first class on SkillShare. I'm sure there were a lot of mistakes that were evident in the project, but I do hope that it did not compromise or slow down the learnings achievable from this class. Now that you've gone through the whole thing, you should be ready to jump into your assignment. But before that, let me share with you the photographs from this project.


(above) This particular photo was a collective favorite of the team. The body language, the mystery, the fall of light, and the way the clothes hung -- the emphasis on the feeling was there, being able to lead an emotion to the product we were "selling".



Remember the keys to a good photo shoot:

  1. Don't stray away from the theme.
  2. Know the fall of your light source, and if it doesn't work, don't push it.
  3. Collaborate with not just talents, but with ideas -- consult the opinions and get feedback from your team.
  4. Spark chemistry and build a relationship with your muse; your model can easily destroy the shoot if he/she isn't happy with what she's doing.
  5. Distribute your time -- save the other poses for other layouts.

There are many more important aspects to always consider for making a good shoot, but remember this: you will always encounter a problem or two or three or four or more, but if you plan your shoots with a backup strategy for the problems you may anticipate, then you won't compromise much. In my opinion, the best way to learn how to anticipate problems is to keep experiencing the craft.


This photo shoot was far from perfect; from the delay in pre-production to the lack or proper research on the location. During the shoot, I failed to check what our model (from all people) is allergic or limited to eating. So while pizza was already served to the whole team, I had to step out to buy salad and make her wait. There was also the surprise of two more layouts prepared by our stylist which I didn't ask about earlier, which I should have done. The good side of it all is that this particular photo shoot was a collaboration between artists. But if this did occur during a professional shoot with a job needed to be done, the misunderstanding or wasted time would/could comprimise you as a producer/talent. So remember to always keep communication transparent between your collaborators.

In the end, the talent, professionalism, hardwork and inspiration of all the whole team was able to transale good results from the shoot. I as the photographer am very happy with the results, and can't wait to collaborate with everyone once again.


Thanks once again everyone, and I'd love to hear/read feedback and questions on this project. I want to make the learning experience better for everyone, and only you guys can make me learn.

If you want to see more of what I do, please feel free to check out any of the platforms below:

Don't forget to check out the team who made this possible as well:

Big thanks to Ignacio Gador as well, my photography assistant, and Cara, Nick, and Scott from SkillShare for helping me jumpstart this whole gig!

Thanks guys!


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