Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips to remember for location shots, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
As you can see, combining wireless flash with natural light gives you incredible…creative control, especially during that time after sunset and just before dark.…Let's look at some tips that will help you get the best results when you are…shooting in a situation like this. …First tip: plan your shot.…Arrive at the site well in advance of when you want to begin shooting so that…you can scout the location.…What will the light be like after the sun goes down?…How much space is there around the location?…Will you be able to capture the entire scene without having to stand in the…middle of a busy street?…And what kind of lens will you need?…In scouting Tony's Pizzaria, I determined that the restaurant faces west.…
So the twilight would be beautiful behind the building.…Now Tony's Pizza is on a very busy street, but fortunately, the sidewalk was…wide enough so that I was able to set up a tripod.…But even so, I had to use a fairly wide angle lens on my zoom lens, about 26 millimeters.…Each of these decisions takes time and you don't want to have to make them…
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