This photograph was taken on my recent trip to Wyoming shooting pipeline work around the Green River & Rock Springs area. Work crews cut out early on the pipeline, anywhere around 4 or 5 PM. During the summer months, this leaves plenty of good light with no workers to photograph.
One of the hardest thing for me when I was new to lighting, was seeing the possibilities in a location. When I first started in photography, I was lucky to have worked with a very talented photographer in Houston, TX. Those who followed this blog my remember me mentioning his name in the past, Joe Baraban.
Here is how the original scene looked before starting. Bedroom entrance is to the left of the frame. We have three windows pouring in light to the room. Two of those are at camera right on either side of the bed and the other directly behind me and to my right. In this shot the camera WB was set to daylight
In the photo below, I've added one SB-800 strobe on a boom zoomed to the 105 setting on the head in order to light the painting on the right. I have also fitted the head with a foam flag to prevent the light from falling forward toward the floor and lens of the camera.
I than asked my son who was busy downstairs fighting an intense battle of Halo to sit in for a test shot. I wanted to see what the scale of the shot would look like and how I might light a person seated in the chair.
You throw a few Sterno cans in the fake fireplace and you have a real cozy environment. In short order, Chris was bored and and quickly fell asleep. I wonder if it had anything to do to the fact that I gave him the Wall Street Journal to read?
On the previous post, I mentioned that I was headed up to Scottsbluff, NE on assignment. Well, in this short post I will share with you one of the portraits I shot while in Scottsbluff. I shot over 2700 images for this client, a huge amount in my mind. I've spent the last several days editing and burning images to disk for the client.
The way I hold the panel in position is one of two way that I use. In this case, I place a Bogen Super Clamp on the top of a stand, and than clamp the frame of the panel to the clamp. Another method would be to simply place an A clamp on the top of the stand and place the frame in between the two squeeze handles of the clamp.
It's really important to make time for yourself to shoot and practice your craft. While heading up to Scottsbluff, NE. for an assignment to shoot some health care images for a client of mine, I decided to stop and shoot for myself. We stopped in a small town in Nebraska while driving to Scottsbluff that had this interesting porch and bench. I thought it would be fun to take 15 minutes out of your drive to make this photograph.
Here is the video we shot while making this photo. I have 17 other videos posted at YouTube that you might find interesting as well. My lighting workshop "Small Strobes, Big Results" are filling fast. I have a few more openings for the August 2nd and August 23rd workshop in Denver if your interested in attending.
I had an opportunity this past weekend to photography my friend (let's call him Clay). Clay works for the sheriff's department...
My son Chris and his friend (let's call him Billy) held a 42" Flexfill to shade Clay from direct sunlight. The EXIF data on the photo below tell me I shot this photo at 1/3200 @ f4.0 the focal length of the lens was 12mm.
I took several shots from various positions, here I placed Clay with his back to the sun and me shooting straight into it. I was using my 85mm f1.4 lens, shot at 1/6400 @f2.5.
When the sun did set, we turned back facing east where the only clouds in the sky were to be found. We even had the moon in the sky that night, shot with the 12mm-24mm lens at 12mm. The shutter speed was 1/250 @ f 4.0.
Lighting like this is fun-fast-easy. If you would like to learn more about lighting with small strobes, visit my workshop website "Small Strobes, Big Results". I have two workshops in Denver this August 2008. The August 2nd workshop has 4 spots available and the August 23 rd has 5 openings.
Ian was over today, it's wonderful to have him around to help with lighting tests. I'm pretty tired of shooting myself all the time. We shot this in my backyard using the following equipment. Octagonal soft box, (also known as an Octa Box), 3 Nikon SB-800 speedlights attached to the Octa with Justin Clamps, D300 and a 24mm - 85mm lens.
The SB's where set to remote and all where placed on the same channel and group. I shot the above photo of Ian at 1/8000 second @ f/2.8. 24mm length on the zoom. When using High Speed Sync, the flash strength really diminishes quickly as you increase your shutter speed above the normal sync speed of 1/320 sec.
At 1/8000 sec. the Octa box needed to be about 2 1/2 - 3 feet from Ian's face. As I slowed the shutter to 1/5000 sec. I needed to reduce the power on the strobes. I should mention that I was firing the strobes via in camera CLS command on the D300.
It would be great if Nikon produced a larger more powerful strobe that still uses the Creative Lighting System with high speed sync. I'm sure if they did, it would cost a bundle.
If been asked to provide a photo how I fastened the strobes to the Octa box. Here is a photo of the 3 Justin clamps in place.
Here is a sample photo using my new Beauty Dish. Nice quality light but very weak when trying to use high speed sync, just not enough power.