Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sunpak 383 on a stand just to the left of the camera, firing into a shoot-through umbrella. Another Sunpak, (snooted with a toilet roll) further back down the alley, just out of shot, camera right, aimed at Amy's head. The sun also gave a little bit of backlighting.
Desaturated in Lightroom. That's it. Except for the crowd of onlookers behind me!
It was after this shoot that I finally realised that no matter how careful you are with lighting and location, if expression isn't there, it will never be a great portrait. This is almost wholly the responsibility of the photographer in my opinion. While this shot of Amy is pretty good technically, it was the first of the session, and I hadn't been concentrating on making Amy feel confident and relaxed. It took a while before I was able to make her feel comfortable and we finally got some great photos.
You can see flare from one of the lights creeping into the shot on the right edge of the pic, about 3 metres down the alley. The other light was to camera left. Both lights were Sunpak 383's on stands triggered by Skyports, and snooted with the empty rolls from toilet paper. Snooting the light makes it appear more dramatic. The Sunpaks were set to full power to overcome the ambient light. (it was the middle of the day)
The toughest part was making sure everybody was lit by both strobes.
Two sunpak 383's on stands either side of the camera, triggered by Elinchrom Skyports. In the alley where I work. (I don't actually work in the alley!?) I wanted the sun to backlight the shot, but it wouldn't come out for me. Maybe next time!
I've had lots of questions about the post processing, but it's not really any great secret, but if the lighting and the exposure aren't just right, it will never look right.
I open the unsharp mask dialog box and crank up the Radius slider so that it's greater than the Amount slider. The opposite of what you'd normally do. I then desaturate slightly. Then repeat untli it stops looking good. This look is starting to become a little dated now, with photographers like Jill Greenberg and Dave Hill being much better at it than I am.
This is a single flash setup with a slightly diffused Sunpak 383 overhead and bounced into a reflector underneath the girls. They were five or six feet from the backdrop and I made sure there was no light falling on it.
I used my trusty Sunpak 383 Supers bounced off big pieces of A2 paper taped to the wall. Triggered by Elinchrom Skyports.