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Big group Lighting ;)

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

To shoot (don’t ya hate the word “shoot”) this group I used 2 600 watt second lights.

One was coming out of a 5 foot umbrella at about 10 feet high. The other was coming from the right side bounced off a ten foot white board for a reflector.

Still, there was significant light fall off toward the rear and right side of the group. A major factor here is poor ambient lighting and the room was solid black, floor, ceiling, and walls.

I solved the problem by splitting the photo into two layers, making levels correct for the front on one and the back on the other. A layer mask with a graduated fill fixed the problem….

Hey! notice that I even have tonal separation between black hair and black curtain in the back row!!!

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Just Walking by…

Posted by Mike on September 20, 2008

I was photographing a group of actors and directors out in front of Benaroya Hall in Seattle a few days ago and this guy walked by…. Quickly I asked him if I could photograph him….

No lights, 35 mph windstrom, 21/4 square film with 50mm lens…. a lot of Photoshop.¬† It came out great and has already won one prize in competition.

It just goes to show you that the camera and the lights and all the the-wiz“stuff” are not as good as your eyeball when it comes to making the photo.

Here is the group we were photographing for an annual report.

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