19 May Sunday Blast from the Past Lighting Tutorial – May 2010
Almost exactly 3 years ago it was a lot hotter, I remember that there were literally tons of bluebells about so we decided to take advantage of the weather to get out and do some location shooting.
This shot was a combination of flash and daylight which in itself can provide a number of problems. Mainly the flashes that I used back then were just simple flashguns without the ability to over power the sun.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to put your subject in the shade. I usually aim for this whenever outside as it avoids the harsh shadows and squinting eyes!
I set up the shot and slightly under exposed the background, using ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/160th it wasn’t too hard. My aperture was at f/5.0, which meant the flash power was probably around 1/16th. Just enough to provide some extra light to the skin and create a catch light in Jessie’s eyes.
Its always best to build your lighting setup one light at a time as you can see how each light changes the image. Back in 2010 my gear list was pretty small so most of the images from back then were taken with either one or two lights at most.
Check back next week for another lighting tutorial and remember I’m doing a lighting workshop as part of my home village of Pluckley’s creative fair, it only costs £5, which covers their expenses and I’ll be going all kinds of lighting setups and equipment. Its on June 14th at 7:30pm and you can register by going here.