As during the TCSS Session. We were viewing and talking about taking Good Portrait Pictures... It does chance upon me that sometimes.... I do it myself.. before a shoot (particularly wedding and landscape shoots) I do some research.
This is not copying but rather gathering inspiration and preparing my mind to be sensitive to the environment.
Things you can do... for portraits.. and XMM shoots...
1. Watch Youtube.. Taiwan MTV
2. See XMM Pictures. Here is an excellent one.
Think.. How did they achieve that kind of picture... what did they use? WHAT/ WHERE IS THE LIGHT SOURCE
3. Imagine yourself at the shoot... what will it be like.. how are you going to counter it. :-}
I am sure you will come back with better pictures... Else... see more good pictures and shoot more. :-}
And of course.. wedding photographers I look up to.. and they are NIKON USERS!! WOW!