Hi Gilbert, this is for you I love it ! Thank you for the GREAT questions and requests. This is the feedback that is nice to get because I really want to make everyone happy. This is exactly what I want from everyone. Interaction, communication is a two way street. Ok so check out the photo lighting diagram below.
Photography lighting diagram
I tried something different this time by actually putting the shot in the diagram. Tom, thank you for the compliments. I apologize for not posting in awhile. I’ve been slammed with shooting which also means I have a ton of content to write about.
The soft box was pointed at the model of course and angled down to produce a nice sculpting effect. It was placed on a c-stand about six feet sway from the model. I was sitting on the beach sand right under the soft box. I could have lit the totally dark background but my client wanted it to go totally black so that’s what I did. I offered my suggestion but in the end the client has the final say. I didn’t use another light to hit her hair because in MY opinion it would look too much like glamour lighting. With fashion lighting you don’t always want your lighting to look “perfect”, like it was a template you used from a “how to” book. When shooting portraits that’s different. As you can see the rock right behind the model is lit so that gave me some separation with her hair.
The pack I used is a Profoto 7B and yes I had a second battery that was sitting in the charger and I eventually had to use it. I didn’t use a generator because the state charges alot extra to use one and the permit was already $1,200, which included a state park ranger with us the whole time and a lifeguard. If the shoot was during the day the permit would only be $65 because you aren’t required to have a ranger and a lifeguard there the whole time. BTW the county says that if ANYONE on the crew is going to be in at least ankle deep water a lifeguard must be with you the whole time. Remember this is only for a night shoot.
Morgan did have a robe and between lighting set ups she had a nice warm 100 foot RV to relax in and fresh coffee which I took advantage of as well while my assistants set up the next shot. Now as we were shooting there was no way for her to stay warm. That comes from her own inner strength and me constantly talking to her to keep her mind off the cold.
The power output varied from each set up. Sometimes we were at full power and sometimes were were at half power etc. Just depended on the situation. My camera settings were : 100th of a second @ f/10. I didn’t do a custom white balance, instead I set it to 5900 throughout the whole shoot and shot a color checker for reference. I had another assistant shining a Maglight flashlight on the model so I could lock focus. LOL I laughed when the client said “Isn’t that light going to affect your lighting?”
Tom you are always welcome to ask as many questions as you wish to. That is the whole reason I started this blog. You don’t have to apologize EVERYONE please take note: ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS ON AS MANY POSTS AS YOU WANT. Go back in the archives and if there is something you don’t understand or you think of a question based on the shot that I didn’t cover by all means ASK ME. If no one asks me questions then the blog just sits still.
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