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The Learning Photographer: On Studio and Location Photography

 
icarus57
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Nov 21, 2010 23:06 |  #1

Hello,

For about a year, I purchased equipment and watched videos on explanation how to use Strobes efficiently and accurately on studio and locations. I've applied these rules and techniques to see if it would better my progression as a fashion photographer. Here is what I learned so far. Please feel free to critique or add comments to this post. I am constantly learning, so my info may not be 100% correct or NOT correct at all. This post is meant to help other photographers, such as myself to become better at what we are capable of capturing.

I will be posting up pictures of my journey as The Learning Photographer. Also, how I set up my equipment. I hope this post will help others as well as myself struggling to answer the question, "How The Hell Did They Do That?" and, "What setting Did They Use On Their Camera?!?"




  
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Nov 21, 2010 23:17 |  #2

This shot is where it all started. I just got my first lighting kit from Elinchrom D-Lite 4 Series. At this time, I did not have a light meter, did not understand lighting ratios and never invested in a backdrop.

The problem:
Looking back at this project, i noticed that the highlights was blown out, her skin was to saturated and you can actually see the cloth texture on the bottom of the model. I didnt set my WB properly.

Equipment:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
Metering: Evaluative
One Shot AF Mode

Photo Break Down:
White cloth was used for the backdrop
Camera was set to:
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80th
Aperture: 8.0/f

Main Light (to the right of the model)
Power Output: 4.5 (Played with the settings, again didnt know what i was doing lol)
Distance: About 6ft away from the model at a 45 degree

Fill Light: (6ft Foam Board)
This was used to bounce the light back into the model on her left side.

2nd Light (Aimed at the back to keep the cloth bright white)
Power output: 3.5

Lights were triggered using a sync cord that came with the kit.

Also, this image was corrected using Photoshop Elements 8.0


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Nov 21, 2010 23:58 |  #3

By accidentally removing the Foam Board to the left of the model, the strobe aiming at the background spilled light against the back of the model. . .creating a halo effect. This was unintentional, but it seemed to work with the photo.

In post processing, I used the HUE/Saturation adjustment layer to change the color of the band around her waist and decrease color in the feathers on the floor. I also used the paint brush tool to add a little hint of color on her dress.


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