Outdoor & Indoor Lighting Workshop 2.

Following our first experimental light workshops, we followed up with another indoor and outdoor session. We were split into groups and worked firstly outdoor, with 3 opportunities to work with different lights.

Outdoor lighting workshop.

Within the groups, we again took turns to be the photographer, be the model, use the light meter and watch the lights. For our first task, we were given the task to work with 2 lights. We decided to locate our shoot in the cathedral, however when we got there we were missing a cable therefore we could only work with one light. Using the umbrella to shoot through, we decided to light the right side of the model. When doing our light readings, we also had to take into consideration the light that was appearing from behind – this proved problematic due to the changes from sun to shade and a limited amount of time, but the overall coverage of light on the model came out well.


lighting-diagram-1368286650Canon 5D, f4, 1/320, ISO 100.

For our second set up, we were using 2 Canon Speedlights.


One was attached to the camera, the master, and the other was handheld, the slave. The image was shot straight on to the model so the flash was directly onto her front, as well as using the slave from the model’s right.




Canon 5D, f4, 1/200, ISO 100.

Here we had a similar set up the speedlights, one straight on and one from the model’s right. In the image you can see how the flash has reflected off the blue surface.




Canon 5D, f4, 1/200, ISO 100.

For our third set up, we used one light in a different location. We knew as a group we wanted to work with a wall covered in graffiti therefore we used this as our location. Rather than using the umbrella this time, we assembled the soft box.

IMG_5694 2


Canon 5D, f14, 1/60, ISO 100.

Another set up we used was where we made the softbox a lot higher with the photographer directly underneath. When composing the shot, the aim was to darken the background and light the model, therefore we took light readings of both the background and the model.




Canon 5D, f22, 1/60, ISO 100.

Doing these tasks and working with the 3 different light set ups was a really helpful refresher. After having a few difficulties with the first workshop, it was really helpful to go out again and work with the light and readings to compose some shots with a bit more confidence and better understanding.

Indoor lighting workshop.

With our indoor lighting workshop, we were also set a number of tasks to complete. Firstly, we recapped what we did in our first workshop which was really helpful in order to remember what we were doing and how to achieve certain set ups with different lighting. We went over how to light the background separately from the model. In order to do this, we had to make the background a stop brighter than the foreground, whilst also placing a soft box facing the background and another positioned in front of the model. After our first shots, we realised we needed to bring in the black barn door by the soft box to absorb the light and stop it from bouncing back.



Canon 5D, f4, 1/60, ISO 100.

Following this, we turned the back light off to see the difference it made in the image, as well as changing the white reflector to black, therefore absorbing the light rather than reflecting it. There is a great difference in brightness between the two.


Following this, we were given the task of photographing the various objects we had brought in. Using the infinity curve, we positioned our items accordingly then firstly used the soft box to light our images.



Canon 5D, f7, 1/125, ISO 100.

For this photo, we tried something different by holding the object up to the soft light to see what kind of effect this would create.



Canon 5D, f9.1, 1/125, ISO 100.

We also tried working with different colour gels.




Working with the objects rather than portraits was interesting as it was important to compose such an interesting shot to make a simple object look good. I personally really liked the effect the colour gels had and may use this in my own work. I also feel more confident approaching different ways to photograph objects now with the infinity curve.


~ by victoriasimkissphotography on May 1, 2013.

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