Those of you that have followed this blog for a while or maybe connected with me on social media, will know that I’m really into shooting as many Personal Projects / Self Assignments as time permits; their value to your continued development as a photographed is priceless!
Anyway a couple of days ago I arranged such a shoot with a friend of mine, John Ashford, who just happens to own a beautiful Aston MartinV8 Vantage. I’ve photographed John and his car before, but this time I had a completely new look that I wanted to produce which from the outset was going to mean a Black & White final picture.
Now when it comes to a suitable location, this is where another of my dear friends generously allowed us to shoot on his farm which houses a disused airfield including runway and taxi ways…
Here’s one of the final images from the shoot and below I give you a run through of the lighting set up…
So breaking down the lighting set up, here’s a BTS (Behind the Scenes) picture…
The photo shoot was at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and despite what the BTS picture above looks like it was still quite bright. I wanted to shoot wide open at around f/2.8 so that the background was well and truly out of focus and John and his Aston would really stand out.
To allow me to do this and to get a slow enough shutter speed (around 1/125 sec) I ended up using some ND (Neutral Density) filters to darken things down a few stops. (See picture below)
Obviously using ND filters would reduce the power of the light from the flash an equivalent amount of stops too. So to compensate, however many stops the ND take out is how many stops up in power I bring the lights…does that makes sense.
My reason for using the Silver California Sunbounce Mini as opposed to just using a light directly on John, is because I really like the metallic look the silver reflector gives. This is something I like to do when shooting for images that are going to be converted to Black & White; I just feel it gives the subjects more impact. Those of you who saw the posts last week of Fitness Physique Champion Glenn Richardson will remember that I also used the silver reflector then. Oh and as is always the case, I also set the Picture Style in my Canon 5D MkIII to Greyscale so help me see a more ‘realistic’ representation of what the final picture was going to be like as a Black and White.
John’s 6 month puppy came along for the shoot too, so we just had to grab a shot of them both together
Ok so if there’s any questions/comments you have about this shoot then as always, feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.
BTW…thinking of recording the retouch of this image as a new episode on my YouTube channel…what do you think?
Hope this is useful
Catch you tomorrow,