Faux Natural Morning Light

4 03 2010

This shot was actually made about 3pm and on a cloud covered day! The door you see is actually an interior door-it opens into another room-not outside.  So, to make it look like bright daylight-I used my AB800 and 5ft soft box. I put the soft box right in the door frame, filling it up.  Triggered it full power and got the results you see here. Beautiful soft light.  The white draped fabric over the door glass diffused the light, but the burst next to her head gives us a little interest.

You may recognize Amanda by now. I shoot with her quite often and I’m not sure she is capable of a bad picture! She is always so patient when I get on my, “let me try this”  kicks!  Thanks Amanda!

Snow Days!

2 03 2010

C’mon now! Don’t laugh! We just don’t get that much snow here in East Texas. But this year we have had quite a bit.  It is beautiful for picture taking, and melts fairly quickly-so we don’t have too many problems the northern states have with lots of snow.

It is great in some ways. When walking around our farm taking landscape shots, I noticed that the snow is like a great big reflector.  In many places where there would normally be deep dark shadows, were light and airy and had lots of detail!

Old School vs. New Age

1 03 2010

Stera is the model in the image above-yes, twice. This is a composite, meaning there were several images that were combined to make what you see here.  After shooting one character, she changed and we shot more.

I like challenges like this. Making it all seem real. The store front that you see here is not anywhere in Palestine I can tell you that! It is a drop in, that makes the image better.  The actual background is pretty ugly!

Here is one of the original files that I started with. See the ugly vacant store? It just wasn’t going to happen! After some digging around I found a decent store front and dropped it in.

Tips for this type of images: Keep your camera on a tripod, use same focal length,  make the light make sense!