Entries in Fashion (15)
In last week's Photographing People Part 3 class we had a lot of fun playing with a bunch of different light sources. When we come to part 3 it's time to put into practice what the students have learned in Part 1&2. They work 2 and 2 together spending 45 minutes at different workstations with different kind of lights. They trade off shooting and assisting. This is a great way for them to experience how an assistant can help improve their work. MaryLyn and I go from group to group giving input. Class by The International School of Photography.
The workstation in this image is window light with several great tools to help them. Reflectors including a black reflector for subtractive lighting, daylight bulbs with or without a silver umbrella and a diffusion screen if the sun comes and hits the window directly. We also have a metal halide lamp for daylight at a different work station.
In this image the window light was not strong enough and we wanted it to wrap the light more around the face so she could look more straight towards the camera without getting a dark side of the face. This was achieved when we added the 4 daylight bulbs Lisa is holding right inside the window, increasing and extending width to the light. The bulbs are very reasonable if bought in the right place. I love getting great light and results with simple and inexpensive methods. It's also fun for the students to come home with new great ideas that don't take thousands of dollars to put to work.
PS. So I added a "finished" image as requested. My Photoshop expert is busy with a magazine deadline, so I ran a file through our workflow action "ColorPerfect" so it's a one click file. What is the biggest difference with our actions is that they are made for normal workflow not effects, except a couple of them. The set is called: Linge's Action Packed PS 1 v.1.03 Price US$ 175. It might add some sleep to your life :-)
Tuesday this week I photographed 22 Wedding dresses for a 13 page editorial in a magazine. I only had about 15 min pr. dress so I had to think how can I light well and change it fast without adjusting to much power etc. I came up with this 5 light set up (see overview) after lot's of thinking the night before. From left lamp #1 a 74inch Elinchrom Octa Bank working as an even backlight for the whole body. Lamp #2 a square pan reflector with grid in the middle above the thunder grey Superior seamless paper background. Then lamp #3 a 2nd octa (this one medium) on the right side of the bride, is in this overview pulled more forward then in the sample shots (more back like the large octa on the left). The next light #4 is essential for this shots, it's a spot with a grid pointed to the brides face, trying to avoid the dress. Last lamp #5 is a fill about 2 f stops under the spot and octa's sent into my neutral grey wall and ceiling for a large fill in a high angle. The whole thinking is to light the dresses best possible which leave the face dark in the middle (see image underneath), then punch the face with the spot in a flattering way for the model (image number 2 underneath text). I almost always, inside and outside light the dress and face separately, simply because they look their best in different light :-) Last image shows a variation with profile, we can work so fast when assistant here quickly follow the models face with the spot. All lamps Elinchrom , camera Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, lens Canon 70-200mm. f2.8
PS. I am generally against many images in a blog, but felt this one needed it to illustrate the light well.
Here is an Animoto video from Jamie's shoot for my "Lighting that Rocks" and "Color and Colour" program sections. (See Lighting that ROCKS! blog) We always start a sales appointment with an Animoto video from the clients shoot. It gets them so excited and happy. We include the video in some of our packages and love it when they post it on their Facebook etc. great free marketing.
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Lighting that ROCKS! How you can set yourself apart by lighting well. This is part of my newest lighting program first presented Monday this week for The Dutch Institute of Professional Photography in Utrech, The Netherlands. In this image you can see how I use as many as 3 back lights on Jamie. The middle ones main purpose is to do the hair and edge her. The two on the sides are also hitting her face and shoulders and earrings in a strong way. For my main light I use a small reflector with a grid straight on to just hit the very middle of her face. It is hand held by my assistant since it needs to be SO VERY EXACT and any little movement in Jamie and it will need readjustment. Fill light is a silver umbrella. You can see it all in the overview image (The overview is shot on a black background a few minutes before we changed background and outfit for todays main image.) This "Lighting that Rocks" section also goes into my Photographing People Part 2 class from now on. Elinchrom is my main supplier of strobes.
Hope all is well? I'm just back from Las Vegas consulting and training Photographers for The Little Chapel of Flowers. What a great company, so organized and you better be when you do about 4000 Weddings a year!!! I also got to go to PMA for a day, fun to find some fun new lighting equipment, will come back to that later in another blog. What I wanted to mentioned about this shoot is mainly about the background used in the left and right image. It is material I found at a local shop, bought 1 1/2 yard for about $10 :-) I want to have new and different backdrops all the time, doing it this way make it much more possible then always wallpapering, painting and buying expensive photographic backdrops,. I do that also, but this really work in addition for some quick reasonable renewing :-)