Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot: part 1, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
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So we came here about three hours ago and we got the permission of the owner of…the pizzaria and we also scouted the location and tried to determine where we…wanted to put the lights.…And we decided that we want to put five lights in place and balance them in such…a way that it appears that there are no lights at all in the photo. That's the drill.…So we're going to put two lights in the inside and three lights on the outside.…And what we have here is we have a Nikon D3S camera and to fire these strobes,…these five strobes, we are using a Nikon SU-800 Trigger.…
It's equivalent to a PocketWizard.…It's also equivalent to the ST-E2 on a Canon system.…The camera is almost incidental to what we are doing.…The drill here, the important detail, is the light and so we are trying to add…light and we are controlling it for distance and for quality and if we can…control for those two things we can make it appear to be invisible,…when in fact the final photograph is going to be highly lit.…
So we've got five Nikon strobes.…
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