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Philadelphia photographer Natasha Esguérra is based out of Aston, PA and serves the Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland areas. 

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Mini T-Shirt Shoot in 10 Minutes with Mini-Tutorial

Natasha Esguerra

So, I had a chance to shoot a few t-shirts for Dan, a friend from high school who now has his own t-shirt printing business!

It's just a little project as he decides what types of product shots he wants for his website, and also, it's something new and different for me, as you know I like to do here and there.

Dan's business is called T-Shirt Time Printing, and here's his fanpage!  If you like what you see, become a fan and show a fellow small business your support!

Thanks to my friends Dee and JP for helping me out with this project.  They may become the face of T-Shirt Time Printing hehehehe!

Now for the mini-tutorial:

To take these shots, I literally had 10 minutes in between lunch and my first choir practice of the day hehe.  It was a Sunday and my Sundays are filled with church services and choir practices :)  Not to mention, it was a bit cold outside and you can't have people walking around in just t-shirts for too long during this time of the year lol.  But my friends aka my male models were great sports so they toughed it out hehe!
I used one off-camera flash with no modifier, to camera right.  For the brick shots, I could've went natural light, but I don't think it would've popped as much.

Below please see the natural light shot.
92mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.5

It was.. alright.. or 'aight' hehehehe.  I mean, I could've went with it but.. I wanted the brick to be a bit darker.  So, I adjusted my shutter speed and aperture to make the background darker, how I wanted it to look in the pic (with the intention of adding flash back in to light my subject properly again).
100mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6

Once I added my flash, which I set manually and adjusted until my subject was properly lit, this was the result.  There's really no set formula for what setting to put your flash on.  It's trial and error unless you use a light meter, which, I do not (I commend those who do, I just haven't been able to get around to it lol).  But for me, if the flash is too bright, you can either fix it on the flash, or you can have your flash stand (or person holding your flash) move back a little.

Some light still does spill onto the background b/c I didn't have too much space, and my subject is about 6 feet away from the wall, but it is still a bit darker than with the natural light, and also, my subject has some nice shadows to add more depth to the photo and the t-shirt.

So yeah, here's my mini product shoot in 10 minutes.  Longer ones to come :)  I figured there are a few things I need to adjust and pay more attention to, which I will do so next time!  But it was a fun experience, I love trying new things!

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