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Controlling specular light on a shiny wooden background

Shooting inside the Gordonton Homestead provided a few challenges, namely the control of specularity. Employing two large softboxes with grids attached fixed the issue, providing enough specular light to show shine in the wooden wallboards while maintaining the rich tone and detail.



Using the Sun as a kicker and hair light 

What do you do to create pop when you only have one strobe outdoors, and need another light to create separation and hair light? Easy, use the small barebulb unit in the sky, it’ll do the trick to create a two light setup outdoors.





Using the Profoto B2 for a Wedding Shoot

A few weeks ago we captured a wedding in Gordonton. I had great flexibility on separating the ambient and flash with the use of the Profoto B2. In this case I used the sun (small barebulb light with a lot of power) as a subtle separation light, and the B2 as my main light.


Pre-Shoot for a Wedding in Gordonton

I hired a Profoto B2 today to test it out for a wedding shoot I have this coming Saturday. Shooting manually with the camera and TTL with the light source was fantastic, no need to be bogged down with setting the light. Just expose for the ambient and fire away, the B2 took care of itself with a TTL exposure for the subject. So I set the exposure for the background and the B2 takes care of the rest. Beautiful. Looking forward to using this unit this coming weekend.

Wide open at F2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/1600sec was no problem for the unit. 

I’ll post a follow up image of our model Stacey in a multi Stacey image indoors shortly.




Capturing Paintings 

I really enjoy photographing paintings. It’s a technical skill that’s all about angles, the family of angles to be precise. Get it wrong and you’ll end up with capturing a blurred mirror image of the light source itself. Understand the family of angles and you’re on the right track.

In the above diagram the light from the strobes falls outside the family of angles. This is a good thing as no strobe reflection will show on the painting.
This on the otherhand is bad, try to remove the reflections from the painting in an editing program after you shoot with this lighting setup will have you rocking in the corner of the room.
My next job is to photograph a large number of paintings like the one below.