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Off Camera Flash Photography - Outside the Box
My approach to photography has changed in many ways since the inception of Lightenupandshoot back in 2009. I still very much have a minimalist approach to gear and post processing. I'm primarily a JPEG shooter, prime lens and one light kind of guy. If you are a pixel peeper, don't read any further...you might be better suited for one of the flickr groups where brick walls are the photos and lots of banter about which piece of gear is better. This post is about thinking outside the box and rocking what others would call a "mistake."
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Regarding the shot of Julie above. First, she spoke practically no English. I love this type of shooting, it's pure and down right fun when you and the model have no other means of communicating other than non-verbal. Howard from the Los Angeles workshop shot this amazing image. While I was assisted with lighting I came up with the idea to add color. I used Julie's flannel sweater and wrapped it around her neck. I purposely moved the main light back so that the rim light became the more dominant light. I was constantly moving the light to get different effects, I'm not sure if this drove Howard mad or not. But, he didn't seem to mind. The result was a series of images with an array of different moods created by mainly the light.
Venice Beach has an amazing mix of beautiful and strange people. It was either Alan or Katherine that found this very natural girl with a style right out of the 1960's. I grabbed Katherine's camera and decided to shoot directly into the sun. I imagined jewelry or feathers would be part of 1960's era of love. In this case I used the flare spots to create that effect. Over-exposed? I don't care. It's my photo and I like it over-exposed.
Mixing ambient and flash is one of my favorite things to do. This is a one light set up utilizing the sun as my rim light. See the first image and how I was playing to get the right mix of sun and fill from the my softbox camera right. Color is often a challenge when mixing the warm glow from sunset and the coolness from the artificial light. I suppose I could have gelled this...but then I would have lost my connection I had with the model. This is right before the cops shut us down because we were blocking traffic.
Lastly, I was shooting in an alley and ran across this horrible looking black tarp drapped over a fence. "Let's rock it that black plastic!" First I was testing the typical rim light and decided it looked cheesy and not really my thing. Fire the "rim" at the fence and drag in the main light (camera right). Presto! I nailed it and was done. That's how I think....outside the box.
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Shot by Katherine from the LA workshop. I like the mistake bottom right. It works! I would have liked to seen an entire series like this. Awesome.