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Amazing Photo Tips - The World is Your Studio
I like showing the creative process with behind the scenes tips. I'm not a camera scientist; but I do think about how to manipulate light on every shoot. I knew exactly what I wanted with this portrait session and I dialed in the shot before I found a subject.
I started by picking a location. For this shot I was with 3 other photographers during one of my "tag alongs" in the coffee region of South America. I wanted a shot of a coffee farmer inside of a small coffee brokerage. Because there was florescent lighting I decided to kill the available light completely and re-create the ambient using a scrim. I had a scrim handy, although an umbrella would have done the trick just as well, shot through it to fill up the environment. I dialed in the exposure for the ambient first. Then worked on the main.
Note: I backed the light faraway to increase the depth of flash exposure (more of an area within the same stop of light (the distance from subject to the back wall was within the same stop of light, creating an even fill)). See the Vbook for details of creative technical, gear and working with subjects.
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Second, I dialed in an exposure for the subject. I used a small 28" softbox and then a flag to further control the light. The softbox is a wonderful tool when shooting one person. But, sometimes I like to control the light even further with the use of flags. You can see more examples of this in my style over the past 6 months. I have begun to visualize the shot before I even pull the trigger. That is one of the things I wanted to point out in this post.
Note: the use of a stand in model helped with the visualization process before I found a subject.
Note on using flags: 1. think of them like a volume swith for your light. You can change the intensity by rotating the flag. 2. the closer you are to the subject the harder the shadow; crucial to understand how this works. 3. in this case I noticed the subject had a white towel on his shoulder. Without the flag, the towel was overexposed, thus ruining my vision. The flag enable me to control the spill so the light didn't blowout the towel.
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Gear: 50mm 1.4
B&H cheapo scrim
Westcott 28" softbox
D700 Nikon camera
Lightroom - post
Here's an example of a self-portrait using a flag: