Sometimes, less is more, simple setups can help elevate your work to another level. For this session, I had a studio strobe setup on location and during the shoot we experienced technically difficulties. These things can and often do happen while shooting. Lights blow out, triggers won’t fire, etc. You should always have plan “B” ready to go when adversity raises its ugly head. When the strobe and triggers failed, I assembled a large diffusion panel by Lastolite. The panel is 39×72 and with the diffusion screen in place it essential gives you the look of soft window light. I love this kit and even having a second kit to help reflect light back on the subject is well worth owning.
Lisa, which I might add, is a mother of 4 , wanted to shoot to show off the progress she has made of the past year with her trainer. We decided to shoot at Bartlett Lake here in Arizona. If you are within an hour or two of the lake, it’s a great place to take the family and relax. It is also very scenic ...
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This was a two part session. The first part was to capture shots of Denise outdoors in her running gear. She had just completed a 17 mile run prior to the shoot… pretty amazing! For the second part of the sessions we headed in to the studio for more of a beauty shoot. Have a look at the setup for this shot.
How it was shot
This is really a three light setup….two strobes and the sun. I placed Denise with her back to the sun and then with the Elinchrom Ranger RX/AS I used one head to give her a rim light on her back and with the other I used the Elinchrom 39″ Deep octa with the diffusion panel off as the main light. I’ve found when working outdoors in lighting conditions like the scene above, the deep octa without the main diffusion panel provides a nice quality of light. Not harsh but not super soft as well.
AS a starting point I metered for the background and under exposed it slightly. This helped keep the nice blues you see here. I increased the saturation some in post and a ...
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