Lighting to capture a natural sunset, poses some interesting challenges to photographic style…
As a design engineer at heart, Vivitar circa mid-70's, I enjoy finding a way to adapt lighting products to work together. Such is the case with the excellent OCF light Modifiers by Profoto and the somewhat revolutionary design of the Godox AD-200X portable strobe light.
A fair amount of information on the internet is concerned with the demonstration of the use of only one light. The approach I take is to light the whole subject and create a sense of dimension in the final image. This being said, it is also very important to establish the setting or backdrop for the photographs.
This blog post chronicles a day at my recent Lighting Workshop held on July 9, 2017. The place, Woods Canyon Lake, N-E of Payson, AZ
We began at the lakeside campground of Woods Canyon Lake, in a setting of pine trees and Aspens. And while Phoenix was sporting temperatures in three digits, we enjoyed the pleasantry of cool breezes and mid 70's weather.
The theme of this portrait, eliciting the feeling of the meeting of Guinevere and King Arthur in the forests of Camelot, a cinematic look was envisioned.
During the 2017 summer session at West Coast School, held at the University of San Diego, our instructor and Master Photographer, Jesus Padilla Neri took us on an outing to Coronado Beach for sunset shots. Our Beautiful model, Jena Masero provided us with the perfect compliment to the Sunset. Join us on this outdoor photo adventure with Jesus Padilla Neri
As our class at West Coast School with Jesus Padilla progressed, we ventured over to the south end of the USD campus to the reflection pool. While the sun was relatively high, we were still able to utilize the it as a back light for our lovely model, Sara. Our next step was to measure the ambient light level in order to set our base exposure. With his trusty Sekonic light meter in hand, Jesus measured the scene illumination. The scene measured in at ISO 100, shutter speed at 1/125th and an aperture of f-11.