Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot: part 3, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
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Okay, I've taken this camera.…This is again a Nikon D3S.…We have on the top an SU-800 trigger.…The PocketWizard is very, very similar.…There is a Canon device, an SDE 2, which again is very, very similar.…And what this is going to do is put out a signal when I press the shutter…release and it's going to fire all these strobes simultaneously if we've done it properly.…So the first thing I'm going to do here is I'm just going to do a test and see…if the strobes fire.…
Now what I need to do is double-check and make sure that the lights inside the…restaurant are also going off.…The strobes have been placed in such a way that these strobes have a sensor in…them and it will see the signal put out by this SU-800, the two strobes inside…the restaurant will see the lights, because these are aimed at 45 degree angles,…they are crossing to each other.…We're talking about the technology of making all this fire.…So the strobes inside should see the strobes outside.…
If I can just make one of these fire, and in fact, I can make two of them fire,…
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