Outdoor & Indoor Lighting Workshop 1.

Outdoor lighting workshop.

In our first outdoor lighting workshop, we were introduced into the various ways we could work with both ambient light and artificial. In our group, we each had a chance to be the photographer, use the light meter, be the model, assisting with the reflector and watching the light set up on the tripod.


This is the lighting set up we used for the pictures – the umbrella.

I was set the task of setting up 2 models, one close to the camera and one further away. The one closest to the camera was lit by natural light, whereas the model in the background was in shade and I needed to use the flash to light her up the same as the model in front. I found this task very daunting at first because of trying to understand the light readings of the separate models and figure out the correct camera settings.



Canon 5D, f5.7, 1/125, ISO 100.

Here are some other images that were created by the rest of the group.


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Taken by Anastasia – Canon 5D, f8, 1/125, ISO 100.

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Taken by Kellie – Canon 5D, f8, 1/125, ISO 100.



Taken by Aaron – Canon 5D, f5.7, 1/125, ISO 100.



Taken by Jenny – Canon 5D, f22, 1/125, ISO 100.

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Taken by Trang – Canon 5D, f22, 1/125, ISO 100.

The task overall was very interesting, however at some points quite daunting especially when I was faced with my own tasks as I found it quite difficult at first to understand the differences in readings between the ambient light and artificial light and finding the right balance between this. We also had a few problems as the natural light kept changing from sunny to cloudy, meaning we often had to repeat readings with the light meter. Also, to be able to see in a different way how the light was falling, we shot some images in black and white. Overall, after watching others and working together as a group along with assistance from George & Melissa, my understanding of how to approach these lighting set ups again and how they work is a lot clearer.

Indoor lighting workshop.

In our first indoor lighting workshop, we were set a series of tasks to complete as well as being able to experiment with different reflectors/absorbers to see how the affect the lights appearance on models.

1. Using either a soft box or white umbrella with one head, place the light directly to one side of the model pointing at the model. Take one shot with a white reflector other side and one shot with a black reflector. Is there a difference in the image? If so what is it?

Shot with white reflector.



Shot with black reflector.



There is a clear difference when using the different reflectors. With the white reflector, the model is brighter overall as the light reflects off it. However, the black reflector absorbs the light therefore making the models face darker on the left.

2. Place the light 90 degrees from the model take a shot and then place the reflector to reflect, bounce the light back. Where did you put the reflector and how much difference did it make?



Placing the reflector behind the model, this made the light overall more balanced and created less shadow. To create this effect, it was important to make sure the reflector was directly opposite the light to bounce off.

3. Place the light above the camera, how different does this light look in a different position?




Using the light from above creates a better overall coverage. Comparing these two images, Becky looks a lot brighter due to her paler skin tone and blonde hair however they are both well lit images.

4. Using either a snoot or a honeycomb repeat the same tests, make a note and observe the differences in the lighting.



Here we used the honeycomb. The light from this is more direct, making it appear harsher as well as appearing in a spotlight. Creates hard shadows on both white and black backgrounds.


Another experiment using the honeycomb and another head with umbrella.



Here we placed the honeycomb behind the model to light up her hair and made sure it was a stop brighter than the light in front. With the CELL setting on, when the front light flashed, it triggered the honeycomb at the back to go off – this only works when they are facing each other.


~ by victoriasimkissphotography on April 26, 2013.

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