I did a photo walk yesterday, in Mississauga. And after that, a group shot of the people I did the walk for. Arrange the group nicely and I get:
Not bad, and it’s what a competent photographer might well do.
But wait. There’s more. I want modelling; less flatness. Saturated background light. And I want my subjects to be the bright pixels. So that they stand out.
Meaning I need light and control over that light. Meaning:
- A flash for key light. I used one studio flash (a Bowens 400 Ws flash)
- For power, a Bowens battery pack).
- A modifier (umbrella, here).
- A sand bag to stop the light from falling.
- Camera settings that make my background go darker (ideally, –1 to –2 stops below ambient).
- And do not forget, shutter speed less than my camera’s fastest flash sync speed (1/250 sec for me).
All that looks like this:
So the resulting picture is:
(Canon 1Dx, 24-70 lens, 1/125 sec at f/6,3, 100 ISO)
Compare that final shot with the one at the very top and see if you can see, and appreciate, the differences. Then, you are on your way to lighting professionally.