Hey there photo folks. I have a few illustration commissions that I need to complete, and I'm honest enough with my skills to know that I just can't work without some sort of reference. Since I have the illustration ideas already in mind, I was thinking that I'd get some of my friends to pose for me to use as refs.
The question I had is, what's the best way to go about getting a good quality shot? I was thinking of setting up a temporary, makeshift studio in my garage for the shoots. I bought a couple of those aluminum clamp lights with 100 watt sunlight bulbs for mobile lighting. I was thinking I'd get two large pieces of cloth (one black, one white) to hang from the ceiling as a backdrop...maybe one of those shiny window shades as a makeshift reflector if needed, and then get my friends to strike some poses.
Does this seem like a reasonable idea? I want to get the most out of my shoot so I don't waste mine or my friends time (on a kind of tight deadline), and I want to make sure the pictures I take will be usefull to me, both in terms of showing enough detail and having a good sense of lighting similar to what I want in my finished illustration.
If any of you have any thoughts on taking good ref photos, or throwing together a makeshift studio (that can be disassembled easy, as I actually need my garage), I'd love the advice.
BTW, these will be black and white illustrations, so I was probably going to take black and white shots. Will probably wrangle my friends Cannon Digital Rebel from him for the shoots.