Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the stage, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
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So now we're here at Tony's Pizzaria, a classic small pizza restaurant in…Ventura, California, in Southern California, and we're going to take an image,…where we're going to take elements of taking an image and making an image, and…we're going to put it together into one shot.…And we're going to take advantage of the ambient light in the sky, as the light…goes down after twilight, and we're going to combine that with highlights that…we provide with the strobe, and if we do it properly, everything is going to be…balanced and it's going to be evenly lit.…
If you look at the final image and I've done it correctly, it's going to be so…seamless that it's going to look like we didn't do anything.…The zen of it is to do it so well that it appears that nothing has been done and…that it was done completely naturally.…Now in fact, we're going to have about five strobes in this picture and we're…going to balance it with the setting sun.…So we've got some things that we can control and we've got some things that are variable.…
In this installment, Jim shows how to shoot outdoors during twilight, what photographers refer to as the magic hour. He goes on location to create an exterior photo of a busy pizzeria, employing five wireless strobes strategically placed both inside the building and on its exterior.
His approach to lighting the scene involves balancing all of the scene’s light sources—the twilight from the sky, the interior light of the pizzeria, the existing lights on the outside of the building, and the output of his strobes—in such a way that the final photo doesn’t appear to have any special lighting at all. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to accomplish this goal.
Also discussed is the importance of planning and setting up ahead of time to maximize shooting time when the light is waning. The course wraps up with tips on planning for gear, estimating the amount of time available to shoot, shooting in manual mode, and using a camera's histogram to judge exposure.
- Preparing for a shoot
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Changing the quantity, aim, and color of strobes to balance existing light
- Using twilight calculators to estimate available time
- Manually adjusting aperture and shutter speed
- Composing the shot
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for outdoor sessions