Monday, 25 January 2010

Project 52 ... 47

This is Danny. Danny is a professional model whom I met through my good friend Glyn.

Danny #1,
D200, Tamron 17 - 50 f2.8, SB800 camera right, gridspot

This shot was taken in Windsor in a railway underpass in the middle of the day last December. It was part of a workshop with Glyn, (check out his website here) on using one light to take great photographs. We had a gridspot on the flash to give the spotlight effect with the light edge falling away nicely. With a shot like this the first thing to do is to get rid of all the ambient light, or as much of it as you want to, and then add back the light with your flashes, where you want it and how you want to control it.

Danny #2

We then took a series of portraits shots closer to Danny and again to get a photograph of him isolated completely from the background. The camera was set to 1/250th, the max sync speed of the D200 and the f-stop at about f5.6, ISO 100, and then I tweaked the settings from there, but that is usualy my startinf point. There is practically no manipulation needed in photoshop, just a few minor tweaks.

Here is the set up shot when Glyn was explaining the technique

As you can see from the set up shot the ambient light was quite high, it was about 3:oopm or so, but with this technique we can control this and get amazing photographs,in camera, with one light, and no photoshop tricks.

Katy with Flute

Here is the same technique with Katy. A single umbrella, low power on the flash, max sync speed on the camera and f5.6 or so. All the lights were on in the room, but with a shutter speed of 1/250th it killed it all.

A big thank you to Danny for being such a good model and patient with all of us on the day and to Glyn for imparting his knowledge and of course to Katy for always being there when I need a model!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Noel with some great results; love the shot of Katy too.

    Looking forward to a great year shooting together on some real fun projects.

    Keep it comin'