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!
[image caption="Shot with only one silver reflector reflecting the sun early morning on a rooftop."]https://kristianbogner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BOGNER_9993.jpg[/image]
[image caption="I shot this with one Nikon SB-900 Flash off Camera and exposed for the Sunset."]https://kristianbogner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BOGNER_DSC1401x.jpg[/image]
I had to shoot some quick food images for a marketing campaign for one of my clients. I wanted to create the ultimate burger and asked my Fiancee Sarah if she was up for the challenge. She actually cooked and styled this Monster and we split it when we were done the shoot. For those wondering... YES.. is tasted just as good as it looks!!
I used a simple but effective lighting setup for both the burger and cocktail. Basically I created a light tent with three Nikon SB-910 Flashes, two Pocket Wizards, two Firefly strip light soft boxes, one Large Soft Diffusion Panel and a few stands. I also used a piece of black plexiglass which worked great to shoot the products on.
For the burger shoot we sprayed an olive oil / water mixture onto the burger to keep is juicy looking as we tweaked the lighting.
I wanted the shots to be deadly sharp so I used my Nikon D800E with Nikon 300mm 2.8 Lens and just used a monopod so I could quickly move around and raise and lower the angle of view.
Sarah wishes we had ice cream to shoot next. 🙂