When working with lights that are attached to your subject, like bicycle lights, what are some techniques to make the lines that these lights make stand out in a photograph? In this video, author Joe McNally discusses how to adjust your shutter speed and make the ambient light of your location dimmer so you can get those light streaks.
- The sequencing sort of falls under the category of luck.…I had been shooting earlier sets…at like a sixth of a second,…a fifth of a second but I knew that…with the LEDs and trying to…get some definitive tracer lines of motion…the shutter speed would have to be open…for a lengthier period of time.…So that's when we went to a seriously blacked out room…and I was able to take my shutter from you know,…a fifth of a second, which is sort of slow…to where I am now, which is three seconds.…
Which is really slow.…Three seconds gives her time to spin.…Time to move.…Time to you know, kind of emote, if you will,…with the lights on her body and her arms and her legs.…It's inconsequential to the exposure of the flash…because remember my f-stop corresponds to my flash.…So my f-stop currently is 7.1…and the flash is at full power.…I have two speed lights,…SB-5000s into a Lastolite Octa with a grid.…The grid is important because light blowing all over…the place in this studio is a bad thing.…
I need darkness.…I need control.…So it's lighting her and not much else,…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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