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G + N outdoor lighting set up without strobes

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Apr 26, 2011 15:38 |  #1


I usually shoot in studio with strobes and am wanting to start shooting outdoors so I would really like some advice on outdoor lighting set up for G and N.

I'm looking for some creative lighting set up suggestions for shooting a model outdoors say around 3-4pm, not midday sun. I'm wanting to go for a dewy sunkissed look.

Can I realistically achieve this without strobes? I thought about using my 580 exII bounced off a large (42") gold or silver/gold reflector but not sure if this will suffice?

Any suggestions/advice?

Thanks in advance

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Apr 26, 2011 16:13 |  #2

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Apr 26, 2011 19:44 |  #4

Yes-you can get good results with an external flash on camera for fill lighting. A solid technique for that hour of the day is to position the model with the sun on the back of her head, manully adjust your exposure for her face, and add a little flash(FEC -1) to fill in shadows on her face/front. In fact, using a 580EX flash is easier than a studio strobe with the bult in high speed synch. Adding the reflector bounce will soften the light, but make the flash more erratic and works best on manual power setting. [photography]

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Apr 27, 2011 12:39 |  #5

a couple reflectors might be all you need, maybe the flash off camera, but with good light all over a reflector or two should do the trick.

A large diffuser is also great to have, held out of frame above the model to soften the direct sunlight. Unless there's no wind at all, you'll need an assistant for that though, or maybe you can work it with camera on tripod and a remote release. Or low tech 10sec self timer :-)

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