Tuesday 31 December 2013

2013 - The Year That Was

2013 was an interesting year in many ways. There was plenty of opportunities to take interesting pictures: I shot Batman and Spiderman, models, dancers, rock bands, a monster clown, sports, dinosaurs, performers…

Better yet, I met interesting people, and learned a lot.

Looking forward to 2014. I will spend the last day of the year with my son, and friends.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

Thursday 5 December 2013

New photography Pinterest boards

I have set up a collection of Pinterest boards that you may find useful:

These are links to things I myself find interesting and useful. I hope you do to.

You might want to follow the boards you are interested in, because I will update them with new material whenever I find something noteworthy. I will also add links to my own tutorials.

Monday 2 December 2013

Going Medieval

A blacksmith at work. The scene was created by the production company Kompani Bastard.

I was at the Liseberg amusement par yesterday. While my son enjoyed the rides, I was more interested in the medieval market. I liked the way it was done, with a lot of attention to detail.

When you are in the audience, you can't control the light as you would on a real shoot. I had to stick to a single flash. I could not position it the way I wanted, so I left it on my camera.

Even with these limitations, there is a lot you can do:

  • Bounce the flash! The tent had a white ceiling, so I used it to bounce the light from the flash.
  • If you want to shoot a scene from the dark ages, particularly, a night scene, don't make it too bright! I used 1/8-1/4 power. This was enough for me to light the scene at 1/60s, f/6.3, and ISO 320, but it still left some ambient light. The ambient light was important, because it created the mood for the scene.
  • Color the light! Since this was a forge, I used a 1/2 CTO gel on the flash to warm the light.
  • Post process! In post, I reduced the glare from the bare flash. I simply cropped away some reflections, and burned (darkened) the brightest surfaces. I also cloned out some objects at the edge of the frame.
  • Take lots of different pictures! Even though I just walked by this scene, I shot more than a dozen pictures. If it had been a real shoot, I would have shot a couple of hundred, or more.

Now, go out, shoot, and have fun!