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Nov 27, 2012 11:42 |  #1

I've been asked to do an office shoot of people in they're work stations. I'll scope it out today, the shoot is later this week. My plan is a couple of umbrella's and bounce where it permits.

Looking for some creative ideas for anyone who had done this in the past. Thanks


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Nov 27, 2012 11:54 |  #2

Office spaces can be rather confined. I shot one once where I used a small softbox (using speedlites) as the key and then a bounced flash for fill. Nothing too exciting, but it worked.




  
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Nov 27, 2012 13:32 |  #3

Grumpy_one wrote in post #15295586 (external link)
I've been asked to do an office shoot of people in they're work stations. I'll scope it out today, the shoot is later this week. My plan is a couple of umbrella's and bounce where it permits.

Looking for some creative ideas for anyone who had done this in the past. Thanks

I use speedlights and Nasty Clamps for these kind of gigs: Nasty Clamps (external link)

Some portable diffusers, as well.


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Nov 27, 2012 15:57 |  #4

Depending on the size/shape of the workstations, or office(s), other options are…

Sometimes for creativity and confined spaces – these are compact & convenient…
AVENGER DROP CEILING SCISSOR CLAMPS: (for ceiling, hair or accents)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eiling_Scissor_​Clamp.html (external link)
MATTHEWS MINI-MATTELLINI CLAMPS: (for on workstation partition walls, desks, etc.)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ni_Matthellini_​Clamp.html (external link)
MANFROTTO JUSTIN SPRING CLAMP: (for anywhere)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Justin_Spring_​Clamp.html (external link)

also these for light modifiers-
ROGUE FLASH BENDER–Large: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …r_Large_Positio​nable.html (external link)
ROGUE GELS: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Lighting_Filte​r_Kit.html (external link)
(for flash/ambient balance depending on office light environment, or striking emphasis)
ROGUE GRID: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ROGUEGRID_Rogue​_Grid.html (external link) (for subtle highlights or emphasizing certain aspects)

I have a few of all these in each of my (small and medium) speedlight/stobist lighting bags for compact versatility.
Or, you can always use a willing & attentive "Statue of Liberty" (i.e. human held)!

A small/compact ladder for different camera/photographer viewpoints.

Have creative fun!

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Nov 27, 2012 16:43 |  #5

happy2010 wrote in post #15296705 (external link)
Depending on the size/shape of the workstations, or office(s), other options are…

Sometimes for creativity and confined spaces – these are compact & convenient…
AVENGER DROP CEILING SCISSOR CLAMPS: (for ceiling, hair or accents)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eiling_Scissor_​Clamp.html (external link)
MATTHEWS MINI-MATTELLINI CLAMPS: (for on workstation partition walls, desks, etc.)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ni_Matthellini_​Clamp.html (external link)
MANFROTTO JUSTIN SPRING CLAMP: (for anywhere)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Justin_Spring_​Clamp.html (external link)

also these for light modifiers-
ROGUE FLASH BENDER–Large: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …r_Large_Positio​nable.html (external link)
ROGUE GELS: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Lighting_Filte​r_Kit.html (external link)
(for flash/ambient balance depending on office light environment, or striking emphasis)
ROGUE GRID: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ROGUEGRID_Rogue​_Grid.html (external link) (for subtle highlights or emphasizing certain aspects)

I have a few of all these in each of my (small and medium) speedlight/stobist lighting bags for compact versatility.
Or, you can always use a willing & attentive "Statue of Liberty" (i.e. human held)!

A small/compact ladder for different camera/photographer viewpoints.

Have creative fun!

Mary

I have gels, what colors should I be considering? Do I plan for tungsten?


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Nov 27, 2012 16:47 |  #6

Grumpy_one wrote in post #15296888 (external link)
I have gels, what colors should I be considering? Do I plan for tungsten?

Office colors are often a bad mix, fluorescent overhead and tungsten in desk lamps. I would bring gels for both just in case.




  
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Nov 27, 2012 16:59 |  #7

i wouldn't even try mixing the available light and the flashes in this case. you should be able to light the scene yourself and overpower the office lights.


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Nov 27, 2012 17:21 |  #8

gonzogolf wrote in post #15296907 (external link)
Office colors are often a bad mix, fluorescent overhead and tungsten in desk lamps. I would bring gels for both just in case.

I agree with GONZOGOLF, and like to be prepared for a variety of existing site lighting environments. (however I am not an expert).
I think office florescent lights are perhaps average about 4300 kelvin(excess green); but office may be mixture with natural light(windows) too - so great idea of yours conscientiously previewing site before shoot (maybe with your 7D & flash). Perhaps in your scope/preview of site, try "chimping" with underexpose & use speedlight as main light and see if it gives you your desired look/image. Good luck.

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Nov 27, 2012 19:11 |  #9

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i wouldn't even try mixing the available light and the flashes in this case. you should be able to light the scene yourself and overpower the office lights.

I'm liking this idea. Just evaluated the office, small rooms, eggshell walls, low white ceilings which will work for bounce. Receptionist is only area with room. Everything else is tight quarters. Main office is small with the back wall being all window. On camera might be my friend here off the ceiling. I might try off the wall in a couple of places. Gels will be in the bag anyway. Thanks all.


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Nov 27, 2012 19:24 |  #10

Green Li wrote in post #15296961 (external link)
i wouldn't even try mixing the available light and the flashes in this case. you should be able to light the scene yourself and overpower the office lights.

This is good advice. In my office area there are at least 3 different types of fluorescent bulbs in use. It's terrible. If you don't overpower the light you'll end up with weird colored backgrounds assuming you get the WB right on your subjects. For example:

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Nov 28, 2012 12:35 |  #11

My first thought is to simplify the process and use a speedlight and drag the shutter to lighten the background.


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Dec 04, 2012 09:48 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #12

Here's what I ended up with, C&C welcome

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Dec 04, 2012 09:49 |  #13

Nice job balancing the ambient lighting in the windows. That a pain in the tuckus.




  
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Dec 04, 2012 10:01 |  #14

Good job.
Nice color and exposure balance between inside and out.

You hit the young woman a little hard with the skin smoothing routine for my taste.

I know the kid art is important to parents but I would have taken it down for the shots. Then again, maybe you asked and they said no. :-)

Picture of him with landscape in the back looks askew until one looks closely at the light poles. Even so, it bothers me a bit visually.


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Dec 04, 2012 10:11 |  #15

I'd have preferred outside to be brighter.
For the rest I agree with dmward.


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