Samantha contacted me last week in response to a model call I announced recently. I needed someone to sit for my off-camera lighting class on Saturday afternoon, and she was perfect! She arrived at the studio with fresh curls and perfect makeup, ready for our indoor segment..
We worked with a couple of different light setups, to give students a feel for different, simple ways to light a subject, focusing mostly on Rembrandt lighting and Loop lighting. We played with how to use one light (in this case, a Profoto B1) in an octabox, with and without a grid, and saw how that light looked when we used a reflector for fill and when we used a black board for negative fill. We added a hair light in (speedlite in a small gridded strip), to see how that could provide separation from the backdrop, and also saw how pretty that made her hair look ;-)
Samantha followed instructions perfectly, and was patient while we talked through various light setups.
Once we had gone over the basic light patterns and learned about how to set up an indoor head shot, we headed to Sabino Canyon for some on-location lighting work.
Sometimes shooting outside with lights can be confusing. Most people are used to shooting natural light, and wonder how to add flash in to the scene. Once you set your exposure for the background, you need decide where to place your light, and what power the light needs to be to create the desired effect, and from there it's fairly simple. It takes practice to be able to keep up with the constantly changing ambient light conditions that the golden hour creates, but everything worth doing takes practice! So, that's what we did: we practiced.
Thanks so much, Samantha, for sitting for us, and for braving the cold desert so we could learn some new lighting techniques! Tina and Lynsey, I can't wait to see how you progress with your OCF knowledge!