I did some demonstrating and shooting at the Nikon Booth at the PPOC National Photography Convention a few weeks ago. We were lucky enough to have the beautiful Playboy Playmate Coxy Dominika Jandlova model for us. I was also excited to be shooting with my Nikon D5 and the New SB-5000 flashes with Radio Control. I was controlling 3 flashes with my WR-R10 Wireless Remote on my D5 and it worked flawlessly. I was also shooting with my D5 tethered to a Laptop and TV screen so that other photographers could view what I was shooting. Here are just a few images from the shoot, all shot with Nikon Flashes on location at the booth.
Here are a few images I shot while instructing at my 2-day Photographic Rockstar workshop in Toronto last weekend. Thank you to my amazing group of photography students and to Nikon and Nikon Professional Services for all of your support and help with the event. We shot our fabulous model, Judith, outside of the University of Toronto in some great locations. Here I demonstrated lighting using 2 Nikon SB-910 flashes and Firefly Portable Softboxes as well as a portable round reflector. Later we did an indoor product shoot and the students learned how to paint any subject with light.
I did a shoot a little while ago with 2 other photographers Benjamin Von Wong and Renee Robyn at my parent's historic 10,000 sq.ft. studio in Welland Ontario. The 3 of us split up and took turns shooting different models with amazing clothing line by Wendy Ng. I had a few minutes to shoot Adam downstairs in a dark studio. I shot most of the images with the camera picture control set to black and white. I loved the hand painted background. Adam did some fantastic jumps and I was able to freeze the action with my Broncolor studio lights with soft boxes on either side of the subject. The detail on these with my Nikon D800E is outstanding. Roll over each image to see the exposure info.
Photographer: Kristian Bogner
Model: Adam Joshua Norrad
Makeup Artist: Shawna Downing
Hair: Faye Crasto
Designer: DYSTROPOLIS by Wendy Ng
Shooting outdoors can give you studio-like effects with some simple tools and techniques. Similar to landscapes try to shoot in morning or evening light when the light is lower and warmer. Position the sunlight behind your model and bounce light back into the face with a silver or white reflector or even a white piece of cardboard or tin foil. This will soften the sunlight so they aren’t as squinty and will give you nice balanced light on the face while the sun provides a great hair light from behind and helps separate your subject from the background.
You can also use flash to fill in the front of the subject. I use my Nikon SB-910 flash on camera or off camera at about 45 degrees to fill in or give some direction of light to the subject. This works especially well at sunset when there are brilliant colours or just after the sun has gone down when flash becomes more powerful relative to the sunlight. Meter and expose for the background and light your subject with your flash. Try softening your light source with a small softbox or by shooting through some translucent material. If you need more power increase your ISO settings. For instance if you increase the ISO on your camera from 100 ISO to 400 ISO your flash essentially becomes 4 times as powerful.
These are just a few ideas to get you started with your outdoor fashion/portrait shoots! Have any great outdoor lighting tips of your own to share? Please comment below, I would love to hear how you get your great outdoor shots!
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