Floating on air, lit with an SB800 and triggered by the pop up flash on a Nikon D700. Chloe is the Angel of The South.
A 1:1 shoot session can be tailored to your needs exactly. This session was Nikon based and involved location shooting with natural light and off camera flash plus a session in my studio using flash and daylight. Here are a few of the pictures.
Natural light at the edge of the woods. I was drawn to the ripples in the bark of this beech tree and used them to provide a strong element in the composition.
To shoot on manual or aperture priority was the first decision to be made for this shot. I love manual shooting but the sun was in and out all the time throwing 2 stops of variation into the frame. With aperture priority the slightest change of the composition required a chance of exposure compensation. There really was no right answer and we were constantly fiddling to nail the exposure. I usually aim to get the exposure right first and then start to engage my subject. I then work for as long as is required to get the frame I want without further consideration for the exposure. But on this shoot I just couldn’t do it.
This is the same spot as above but this frame is lit by a SB800 Speedlight being fired into my large silver brolly. In a wider shot, this lighting would be perfect for a family group. The tree has become uninteresting now that the lighting is from near the camera and would not get included in a group shot.
Punchy light and shadows created by the sun was matched by punchy light from my SB800 Speedlight. Chloe is in the same place as she was for the first picture of this set against the cumulus clouds. We just shot the first frame from the other side. Luke, one of our picture editors, has given this shot a post production effect in Lightroom.
After a hearty lunch at a local family run Italian restaurant we set off to the studio for a shoot session. I’ve chosen to share a few more of the studio pictures than the location shoot pictures because we kept the session very simple and the pictures are striking as a result.
This classic example of 2 point lighting utilises a key and kick technique. The background is a light grey paper roll that has been lit with a geled flash head. The key is a beauty dish and the kick is a honeycomb grid spotlight.
The same lighting as in the shot above. The shadow under Chloe's cheek bone on the left side of her face is crucial to the success of this shot. Reflectors tend to kill shadows and that is why I rarely use them in the studio.
This one light portrait utilises one of Julie's pregnancy lighting set ups. When I'm shooting in the studio I often switch of any lights that are from the camera side of my subject.
This shot was a little interruption in the session. I opened the studio door and asked Chloe to stand in the doorway. Shot on my D700 with the 70mm-200mm f/2.8 lens. I love a bit of designer flare but it is far easier to control when you don't have filters on your lenses.
I used a single soft box and a painted wall for this shot. Luke has knocked back the saturation somewhat.
An identical set up as above but with a single hard light instead of the soft light. One light is great for studio work.
Chloe turned around and I opened my lens 5 stops to get this shot. Same lighting as the shot above.
Please feel free to comment on these pictures below. Why not join me on a studio lighting workshop this autumn. You can find details here