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When I go on out of state/country on jobs, bringing larger light stands and a good tripod have been difficult. The great bags made by Manfrotto is just not protective and large enough. I love the Manfrotto bag for smaller set ups locally, it just don't pull it off for me and air travel.
Another thing is the abuse luggage can take with high drops etc in the airports luggage systems. So then I used a ski bag and now even better a HARD CASE golf case. The airports are always happy with ski bags and golf cases, anything else odd I'm not so sure. I was looking at my son Stevens golf case which he use for flying to golf one day, and thought....that should work perfectly!
I the golf case I can have a good camera tripod and couple of light stands and umbrellas. I can also fit my California-Sunbounce Mini & Sun Swatter . It fits well when taken a part even the rod for the swatter. Then I usually trow in some shoes that I rather have there then in my suitcase making clothes wrinkly.
PS. And YES it got wheels :-)
In the old days I had to go to the local newspaper to get the times for sunrise and sunset for the year. Then came internet and sites with that information. Today we have a fantastic tool in the application Darkness for iPhone. It's the perfect tool in planning times for shoots with clients etc. I teach all over the world and in planning outdoors demonstrations I can see exactly when the sun goes up or down that exact day++
One feature I really like is how it tell you when Noon is, it is seldom at 12pm. Last year on a workshop I did in London I remember it was at 1:27pm. I love to photograph in midday sun so I did my demo for that then, not at 12:00.
A special ‘Current Location’ city can also be used, which tracks your position using GPS, giving you sunrise, sunset and other information for exactly wherever you may be.
NEWS. We just set a time for the next Photographing People Part 1 Class here in Utah. Saturday July 31st.
I just got back from another teaching tour in Europe, and it made me realize more than ever how much I love to photograph in midday sun. Love the quality of light we can get then. I will make this a 4 part series, in part 1 I will show some examples with diffused sun + a reflector. This shot was done during a class in Norway on May 3rd. According to the iPhone app, brightest noon that day was 1:15pm. "Noon" is seldom 12pm. I wanted to do my demo when the sun was as high as possible, so these shots were done between 1:07 and 1:32, the time most photographers consider "the worst time" of day. NOT ME! Okay, let's start looking at some images:
Image #1.This image is taken at 1:32 pm with a 70-200mm@170 and f2.8. If you look at the overview underneath you will see how we have diffused the midday sun into a soft nice light with a California Sunbounce Sun-Swatter Pro . I have an assistant reflecting sun into her face with a silver reflector.
Overview for Image #1. See how far out of the my shooting area the Sun Swatter is. That is one of its most unique features, it frees you up so much more than other diffusers. (This overview is taken within a few minutes from the the shot on top, but with the same technique).
Image #2. Time 1:07:05 pm. 70-200mm@200 at f4. In this shot I have placed the model in the direct sun right out of the shade to get a cold shadowed background (higher Kelvin temperature there). I just used a small soft silver reflector to give her face a pop of highlight. We also get a bit of fill light from the sun hitting the white wall about 25 ft from her (see overview right underneath text). This direct sun approach gives more layers of light and is more dramatic than image #3 shot a few minutes later.
Overview for image #2 taken 1:07:10 pm 5 seconds after Image #2. The Sun Swatter has no effect here, just the soft nice silver reflector giving her a nice highlight and the white house wall giving some nice fill. The sun hitting her adds drama, see image #3 for the more diffused version.
Image #3. Time 1:07:54 so within seconds we shoot this variations. It's shot with a 70-200mm f2.8 at 130mm and f4. This image has less drama, more overall soft light—it's a matter of taste, both look good for midday sun, I think. What a GREAT time of day to SHOOT!!!
Overview Image #3. Time 12:07:42 pm. Notice that the Sun Swatter creates a soft, diffused light on and in front of the model.
Conclusion: I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING IN MIDDAY SUN, watch for parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon.
Image 1. I had so much fun photographing my wife and our two daughters yesterday. First of all I'm not very good at taking pictures of my own family, so don't be like me. I sure enjoy the results and having them when I do. I have always been a shopper, and buy most of the clothes for my wife ( she doesn't like shopping!!!) and also more and more for my daughters. I wanted to take a picture of the 3 of them in clothes I bought them without them! They keep getting so many compliments on their clothing and when people ask: Where did you buy it the answer is often, my Dad/Husband bought it in Europe. Especially my 14 year olds friends have a hard time understanding that Dad bought it :-) Well here is my shopping shot, photshopped by my wife MaryLyn, all my girsl are awsome in Photoshop BTW. We left the hair light etc on top to give it a Polaroid feeling kind of, like it.
Image 2. has a good lesson to it. In this image of my daughter Lindsey, she is just standing waiting for the other 2 in her spot, I'm telling her I'm testing light and she is all relaxed and thinking, great mood, and I think the use of space where the other 2 soon would be worked well. You can get so many great shots of people when you test light, tell them you need to change some settings or whatever. They will so often do something relaxed and natural which will again make a great image, so always watch and click, click.......Have a nice week end.
I been fascinated by leading lines for a looong time. Traditionally years ago we where thought to build them from left to the subject or if we where in Asia from right to left (Asians as you probably know reads from right to left). Window decorators in the western world always built the window displays from left to right. In modern research we learn that young people today growing up looking so much at screens like phones, computers, navigation, games etc starts looking from top to bottom. So maybe it is time to look a little different at leading lines, be more open minded for different directions.The first image of the bride in the green it's done the traditional way of building with the timber as leading line from left to right, focus is also used to not keep the eye from going past her. In the second image of the bride in the snow the leading lines comes from the top with the trees leading into the road and down to her, and the snow in front make a great stopper. Here is a link to a previous blog post I did in 2007 on leading lines with an example where the lines comes from everywhere leading to the subject, please check it out, good example of leading lines.
PS. Please forgive me for my lack of blogging lately, I have had 3 very busy but educational weeks in Europe teaching from Spain to Norway, and a great job as Jury Chairman for The Norwegian National Competition 2010.