Night Photography

August 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My first blog post! Yay!

 

With that out of the way, lets get right to it. This blog is mainly about showcasing my work and how I took the photographs. I'll try to keep the technical aspects to strictly what is necessary, but I can't promise that I won't be a little heavy and the minutiae of the settings.

First up is a night photography session I did with the lovely Melissa. She graciously agreed to be a guinea pig for this lighting project. I'll just use my favorite image as a reference, and show a lighting diagram.

For all the images in this gallery I was using 2 yongnuo speedlights and a 120cm octobox with an egg crate baffle as a mainlight, and a bare yongnuo speelight as a hair light. I also added an underneath circular reflector on the headshot.

Charles Winburn Photography - Melisa at Night (6 of 10)Charles Winburn Photography - Melisa at Night (6 of 10)

Balancing the background and Model was tricky. The egg crate baffle worked to concentrate the light without making it harsh. Here is the light diagram.

Later, when all the sunset colors had gone, we used the lights across the canal as a backdrop. Because of the fence I decided to only do a headshot. This used a speedlight as the hairlight directly to the left with the zoom settings set to maximum to contain the light a bit. The octobox was set at 45 degrees about 4 feet from the subject, and a circular reflector with the silver side was placed below her to give her a bit of under lighting and fill in the shadows.

Charles Winburn Photography - Melisa at Night (5 of 10)Charles Winburn Photography - Melisa at Night (5 of 10) The reflector also lit up her eyes quite nicely. Here is the diagram.

I will be adding more posts in the near future, talking about gear, techniques and processing.


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