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style life shot of a girl with an umbrella being blown by the wind. Just a fun
exercise in lighting and also a look at just simple set pieces. We’ll create our
environment with three elements. Number one, clumps of grass in the foreground.
We’re going to bring these closer to the camera and further from the camera, just
kind of space them out. Closer we get them to the camera, the larger they’re on
the foreground and more of the frame they cover. They also give us more depth as
they fall out of focus in the foreground. Number two is a tree branch overhead. We
have tree branches held up by a clamp in the foreground on a combo stand. This
is going to frame the top of our frame to give us just a little bit of framing
overhead. Number three is a backdrop. It’s grey and mild kind of looks like stormy
sky. Just non script makes a nice background for us. I also created a small
structure for her to lean against to give the impression she’s leaning into the
wind. Last of all, we’re going to add wind and leaves to create action in the frame.
Let’s get started. I’ll be shooting on the 24-7mm Tamron lens at about 63mm. I set
the aperture wide open at 2.8 so my depth of field is very shallow. I’ll set
my shutter 160 to the second to slow down the leaves but not stop them.
Then the ISO set at 250 to make the other
settings possible. Let’s look at the lighting breakdown. Our first
light is a Dynolite Studio Head with a medium soft-box with a grid. These
Dynolite Studio Heads have very nice soft quality about them, makes a very nice
light. We’re now at a three background lights. These are three PhotoFlex Flex
Heads. They’re going to be on the floor aiming up towards the background. I want
it to be darker at the top and light at the bottom. This gives me a sense of depth
or the sun kind of going down. Our last light is a Dynolite Travel Head with no
modifiers or rim light. That’s going to give us a nice hard light in the left.
It’ll rim her, it’ll rim the grass. It gives us just a lot of depth, makes for a
nice look. Everything is ready now, we’re going to go ahead and start the shoot. In
order to get the dress up so it catches the wind, we’ve fishing lines tied in
about three places that will help pick the dress up, let it catch little wind
underneath it, and the guys now start to throw leaves into the fan as
we shoot its frame. This process is slow and gets a bit
tedious as we have to throw leaves and lift the dress after each shot. To create
the flowing look at her dress, Julene took two dresses from H&M and layered them
one on top of the other. The top dress was cut all the way up and the bottom dress
was slit just above her knee. This gives us lots of fabric to blow in the wind.
Julene will go in and PhotoShop, kind of clean up the the rough edges.
Here’s some of the unedited images using the structure. Here are a few where she did not use the
structure and just leaned forward. You know it really doesn’t look that bad, I
think this is almost as effective as the structured and maybe one of the ones I’ll
use. This really will become a composite image when we’re done. In post Julene
will take several images and composite them together. Leaves from one and a dress
from another, a body from one and a face from another. I want the background a
little more out of focus so she’ll outline the girl and make it a little more soft in
the background. Let’s take a look at the final image. I love this type of image, I
find the shoot and create a great product. Now it really doesn’t take a lot of large
elements to create a great looking large set. We’ve got some old grass and tree
branches I cut down from my yard, that really becomes our set. So get out there,
take those elements around you, create some interesting environments. Keep those
cameras rolling, keep on clicking. Here’s our international giveaway for the
month of July. A Light Blaster and a Nero Trigger. Go TheSlantedLens.com and sign
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