Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot: part 2, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
So now we're going to take two more strobes and we are going to attach them one…to each corner of this awning.…And my friend Josh is here, he has given me this chair. Thank you!…And I have noticed that there are pipes on the inside of this wonderful awning.…So now if I take this adjusting clamp and attach it to the pipe and then move…the strobe just a little bit and rotate it and move it, I can light the front…of the pizzaria and I am going to put one here and I am going to put one more over there.…
And the other thing I have done is I have lowered-- these strobes have a…diffuser built into them.…Let me show you what that looks like.…There is a diffuser here and I can just pull it out and put it in and that again…will diffuse the light and make it slightly softer.…Now I am lighting a relatively large area at the front of this building, so it…doesn't have to be soft. And I lose a little bit of light with that.…If it's not right in a second I will get rid of the diffuser and make this light…
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