Each shoot has it’s own chemistry and dynamic, and this one was no exception. The pictures I aim to produce to teach the intricate lighting techniques are suitably varied to keep the image making process fresh. Here are a collection of images from the day.
A belt of flash from the right of shot and a hint of sun from the left gives this picture it's characteristic Lovegrove look. We pulled the background down by a couple of stops to add drama to the scene.
Katie's smile was warm and rich. She made the shoot a breeze. We used dappled light without intervention to capture this simple portrait.
A patch of reflected light on a car park wall set the scene for the next 2 pictures.
By now we were on a creative roll. A shot like this needs capturing at the time you see it. For some reason it was not available for shooting the following day, just one day after I shot the original, even though it was sunny. It's all about timing and being open to opportunity.
Surreal grass and a deserted housing complex are just right for a first exploration of off camera flash.
This simple natural light shot was aided by a Hollywood power wind machine provided by mother nature.
After a hearty lunch it was time for some 'key and kick' lighting in a waterfront cafe. Burnout in the highlights is a must to make this picture work. If I had exposed this shot to hold detail in all the skin it would have looked flat and uninteresting. Life beyond a histogram is a good one.
A double kick light and a soft key all were naturally recurring in this scene.
With feet this good who needs shoes?
Flare, shape, elegance, and a sepia tone all come together in this natural light frame. A big part of the day was spent exploring and learning about light. Once you know what picture you want to create, finding light to do it is quite straight forward. A bit of know how goes a long way in photography.
Flash and burn is an old favourite of mine. Andy Earl taught me this technique ten years ago. 1/10th second, a splash of flash and a flick of the camera is all it takes.
This is the scene of the previous shot. A great location and shot in it's own right.
A natural light low key frame. I love the light and shapes that make up this simple profile.
No urban shoot would be complete without a trip to a graffiti wall. I lit this frame with two Speedlights on stands.
Here is the next set up. You can see the lighting stands with 2 Lovegrove flash brackets on each with Nikon and Canon Speedlights co rigged for training purposes. Note: The ST-E2 and the SU-800 triggered the flash units faultlessly in sunlight at a range of over 10 metres. Don't believe the doubters that tell you that it can't be done.
And here is the resulting frame shot at f/16, 1/200th second, at ISO 200.
All lit with Speedlights, this portrait lends itself as much to the flexibility and balletic qualities of Katie as it does my lighting and craftsmanship as a photographer.
Please feel free to comment on the pictures or techniques used. If you want to be part of a workshop like this, look here for details and availability. If all dates are full new dates will be added very soon. Demand is high so please be patient and check regularly.