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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People always tell me they wish they had studio lights but cannot afford them. Well don't let that hold you back. Yessss I love my Broncolors... But you can still get amazing results, sometimes you just have to think outside of the box. These shots were taken with one small Nikon SB-900 Flash, which I used in a few of them to fill in the shadows with the dome on top pointing up, a small silver/silver-gold reflector (a staple in my Camera Bag), and Two Lights and Stands that I bought at The Home Depot for less than $50.
I was in Las Vegas and was given an opportunity to shoot for a dress designer. It was unplanned and I was unequipped, but thanks to The Home Depot and a bit of creative thinking I pulled off a fabulous shoot. You can get some great results using tungsten lights, and it is a great way to learn as well because you can see exactly what the light is doing. I chose a silver back reflector light fixture that clamps on a stand and then I found some large bulb lights (similar to those in a bathroom around the mirror). These were each very cheap and I could have clamped them to a chair. It was the stands that brought my hardware store total up to $50.
Give it a try, grab some tungsten lights, set your camera to white balance tungsten and shoot some fashion. Let me know how it works out.