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07/30/2009 12:47:44 PM · #1
I just started working out of a space with beautiful natural light. I did some experimenting yesterday as these wicked, mean old, thunderstorm clouds moved in...making things interesting, to say the least. I really dig the place and hope to make it my home.

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It was a fun shoot and lasted about 40 minutes but hell making adjustments every few seconds with the bounce card and reflectors, as the light changed drastically every few seconds.

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There's one with studio lights. I kept it to the side with a brolly for fill, if things got ugly...which it kinda did.

Message edited by author 2009-07-30 17:15:27.
07/30/2009 05:31:42 PM · #2
Here's one more for a bump...

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07/30/2009 06:13:36 PM · #3
The images look lovely. I can see that you handled the changing light well, but totally get what you mean about it changing every few seconds. I feel like that is my biggest enemy when I shoot outdoors. I like the predictable calm of shooting in studio better; but lately I've grown a little bored with that calm -- not enough challenge. I've done a lot more outdoor work lately with my clients than I would have a year or two ago for just this reason.

I think your best bet is a mix of the two -- use that lovely light when you can, but mix it up some with lighted stuff too.
07/30/2009 06:14:37 PM · #4
I like the natural catch lights... i'm assuming the windows/doors are fairly large??
08/06/2009 03:54:43 AM · #5
Here is proof to all the amateur photographers that complain that they don't have expensive lighting for portraits.
I think its actually the number one excuse I hear for not doing portraits.

Great job using the available and ever changing light!


08/06/2009 09:37:25 AM · #6
Good work, Steve, nice to see this aspect of your photography. (I think of you as a street photographer with mad skilz in the food photography business as well.)
08/06/2009 12:01:07 PM · #7
Actually, what I'm trying to create is a Studio Collective where local Photographers can come in for an hour or two at $35. They can use the space, reflectors, holding stands, the backdrop (I just bought) with a white roll. If they want a different backdrop color...buy it and contribute it to the cause. That helps everyone out and keeps costs reasonable.

I do have Hensel Monolights with a softbox that people could use at an extra cost...but I need to think that through a bit more.

That's a test shot with the backdrop right after I set it up.

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Again, all with natural light. It's a slight challenge but easy at the same time. My next venture is going to be some food for stock which might be easier, as I can blow out the highlights and bg.

Anyone interested in seeing the space please contact me. -Cheers

Message edited by author 2009-08-06 12:28:48.
08/06/2009 01:06:34 PM · #8
Great images! I think a collective is a great idea - I wish I lived near enough to take advantage of it. I thought of doing something similar here, but I don't think there's the market for it.
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