Photo Shoot on my Doorstep: A Walk-Through

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 25, 2009

Category: General

Following on from a few requests I thought I’d post a short ‘walk through’ for the recent ‘Photo Shoot on my Doorstep’ Post so here goes….

Firstly, here’s a shot of the location used taken as the camera sees it … no flash, no exposure compensation, nothing, nil, zilch, rien, nowt … just plain old ‘P’rogram mode:

With the camera now in ‘M’anual mode I brought down the exposure a couple of stops to give the sky a bit more ‘mood’. I did intend to use just the one light i.e. my trusty Alien Bees 1600 fitted with a large Octabox but the colour of the motorbike just meant it blended in with the background and all it’s detail was being lost, so the solution … throw some light on it.

Here’s a diagram of the lighting set up:

The extra light on the bike came from a ‘George’ Stand i.e. a V.A.L. (Voice Activated Light Stand in the form of my next door neighbours son, George) holding a Nikon SB800 Speedlight aimed at the bike from the right of the camera.

… and here’s the resulting image along with the final edit following a short time in Lightroom and Photoshop:

And that, as they say (whoever ‘they’ are) is all there was to it.

Bye for now ;o)

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1 Comment

  1. Noel

    Hi Glyn,

    nice one, informative and to the point! Thanks for that.



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