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This lesson takes us back into the field where we will look at various technical considerations when photographing people on location. By now you have a clear understanding of how to light people in general terms for a good portrait, but what do you do when a client throws an assignment at you that requires considerations beyond making the person look good?The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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For lighting, we waited for the sun to be setting and skim warm light across the landscape. To keep the shadow side of the truck and cowboy from going dark, I used my Norman 400B portable strobe and placed it very close, but out of view, next to the truck. You can see the reflection of the light in the door window. I then adjusted the s.s. and f-stop to find the right balance between key and fill lights, then we shot the cowboy in many different poses swinging his lariat.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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I then set up two more lights with silver reflectors on camera left, pointed left to right. These lights were placed to skim across the carved walls and gave a nice hard edge light quality for showing the texture of the carved walls. The two lights on the carved walls were set to output the same brightness while the key light set at +1 brighter. I then took an ambient light reading with the flash meter and it read 1/125 @ f/5.6. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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I needed a perfect exposure of the outside and inside, but it never works that way due to the difference in ambient light inside and out. After setting up the camera and framing the photo, I made test exposures for the outside. I chose f/11 for good D of F and bracketed my shutter speeds until I had a good exposure. The next consideration was the appearance of early morning light. Since the sun was up high, I had to simulate sunlight. So outside on the deck, I placed a Norman 2000ws power pack with one light head pointed right at the woman. I chose the power pack over a mono light because I needed more power to cut through the window and provide enough light for f/11.  I continued testing until the strobe light gave a nice light quality on her.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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the camera and angle. The client requested that they be photographed in the lobby and that we see in the scene, the portrait on the back wall, which was the family founders of the company.

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The Hallway

The next challenge we had was to bring up the balance of light in the hallway to reduce the contrast created with the ceiling spots. Test shots showed three areas that needed additional light added. The first was the black couch behind the subjects. To prevent the subject’s dark suit merging with the dark couch, we place a White Lightning Zap 1000 strobe light (C) to the right and halfway down the hallway. Because the space was very limited, we were only able to open the light stands legs partially and lean the light against the wall. Otherwise the light stand legs would appear in the scene.

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Nobody said this job was easy!

And here is a great example why. This is the board of directors of a multi billion dollar company, in town for their board of directors meeting. The wall behind them is a sliding door that leads to where they will have dinner.  I scouted this spot with the art director weeks before the meeting so we would know what we were up against. This was the only decent spot to photograph a group this size at the restaurant in the hotel. As usual, I had 10 minutes to pull it off, so I and my assistant arrived 3 hours early and began setting up.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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Assignment: Corporate CEO for Magazine

What’s the challenge? Coming up with an exciting photo in a climate controlled computer room. This photograph of a corporate CEO was taken on assignment for business magazine. This room was a temperature controlled room with row after row of computer banks.  It was also the only interesting place to photograph him outside his office.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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Assignment: Corporate executive and community volunteer

What’s the challenge? Finding somewhere in this town that would be an interesting environment to photograph her.

This woman is a community volunteer who helped raise money for the new college library. When I was asked to photograph here it made sense to look at the library. As I always do if I can, I went and scouted the library and looked for the contact person who could allow me to shoot in there. Once I had my photo idea in mind and permission to shoot, I contacted this woman and set up a time to shoot.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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