Posts Tagged ‘model’

Umbrella lighting shooting session

June 4, 2008

Everything started back in February when I got an extra canon Speedlight flash. Wireless off-camera lighting seemed fun and my portfolio was glaring with some new great additions. A few months later I got a chance to play with three 580EX flashes and a Gary Fong diffuser. Even without reading about or studying off-camera lighting, the idea of having full control over the lighting of the scene/subject seemed rather fun :).

Last week I ordered two inexpensive light stands and umbrellas. I thought it would be nice to learn some studio lighting techniques and just play around with side-lighting, but at that point I was really underestimating the full power of soft umbrella lighting.

I got my friend Lily to help me plan the photo shooting session. While she was picking the location and outfit for our model (a friend), I was trying to figure out how to provide the power for Lily’s 120v fan. The solution was a portable 12v-to-120v in-car adapter connected to an old 12v battery. It provided enough power for the fan to raise the hair. (Quick tip: fan is a must-have for such sessions ;)).

I quickly ran through Strobist’s off-camera lighting tips. Clear explanations, stunning results. Everything seemed to be easy and complex at the same time ;).

Here comes shooting day. Sunday. I grab around $5000 worth of photography equipment and head to the designated location (abandoned house, dirt all over the place, grunge, basically ruins :)). Setting up umbrellas for the first time with no previous experience in studio lighting actually did not seem that hard. Since it was pretty light outside and there was a good amount of sunlight getting through the broken windows, the camera settings were adjusted to eliminate all the natural light that was getting in – ISO 50, 1/200 shutter speed, f/2.8-4.0. This was an average exposure setting, the shutter speed varied time to time, but the ISO was always set to 50.

It took us about 3 hours to complete the session, but the result was worth the efforts, investments, and time spent figuring out where to place the umbrella :)).

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Cold February shooting session

February 20, 2008

First of all the word ‘cold’ in the title of this post carries an important message for all of you, my fellow photographers. Never go shooting with a model on cold days! A few days later I found out that my gorgeous friend Victoria almost caught a cold, and it was because of me who arranged a February shooting day (and especially here in Washington) :). Well, let’s just hope that she gets well, and meanwhile check out the pictures yourself…

All images were shot with Canon 5D and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. There was a minor color-correction performed in Photoshop on all of the pictures. I dropped a texture on some of them, and it seems they worked pretty well for this session.