Monday, July 06, 2009

Post Shoot Notes/Behind the Scenes: Keira Grant



I had a nice shoot today with Keira Grant. We did roughly 2/3 with the regular studio lights, and 1/3 continuing my practice with little battery powered flashes. For those who read my earlier notes on these lights - I did end up getting a second little softbox and a second grid and just did some two light setups with those.

I remembered to take a couple of shots where you can see the background which people might find interesting. The first shot is straight out of the camera, just extracted and resized. I didn't even crop it. The second shot has three changes. I went to a wide angle, I changed the time on the camera from 1/200 of a second to 1/40 of a second to let the ambient light in the room fill things in a bit, and in Photoshop I ended up tweaking things even a bit further to open up the shadows so you can see the room a bit - it was still kind of dark.

You can just see the flash units up high on the top edge of the frame. On the right it's on the tall silver light stand (I just used my regular stands for this). The shorter black stand behind it isn't turned on. And on the left side you can see another tall black stand with the second light. It's kind of half cut off but if you look for the legs it's just like the one on the right, except black. (Three of my four c-stands are black - I bought a silver one at some point because they were out of black. Black's a bit nicer because they don't reflect light.)

In the first shot the background's totally black because no light's hitting it. So it really doesn't matter what crap's back there. This is part of the appeal - with this little battery system I have a very lightweight, compact system that I can take anywhere, and I could reproduce this kind of shot in any room with a nice looking floor - pretty much any home with hardwood floors in the living room you would maybe just have to move a coffee table or something and I could do at least a little bit of studio-style work. Fun, and useful for portrait work.

I'll probably do two more shoots where I take the same basic approach - spend 1/3 of a studio shoot using them like regular studio lights so I can learn their quirks in a controlled environment - and then I'll start bringing one on outdoor shoots and see what I can do outdoors with another light in addition to the sun...

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