Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot: part 4, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight.
So we've got this great speeder bike, a cruiser.…And we're going to -- we've got the owner's permission and we're going to put it…on the front of the Pizzaria because we can.…And it's an absolutely terrific iconic American bicycle and it just makes it…really great prop for the front of the store.…So now we've got that in place, I want to do a couple more things.…I want to move this light just a little bit and I want to move that light a little.…Now one of the things I can see is that the inside of the awning or…this overhang is white.…
So I can do the same thing with this right now that I just did with the umbrella.…Rather than shining it directly on the subject, I can bounce this light into the overhang.…And by doing that, I take the origin of the light, the strobehead, and I bounce it…into this white reflecting material, and the entire awning will become source of the light.…So that's going to create a very large diffused wraparound light source on the…front of Tony's Pizzaria.…
And you take a tiny area and you make it bigger.…
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