Yesterday I posted this recent image of my very good friend Keith Trayling of Spillers Farm, Devon on my Google+ and Facebook pages to see how people thought it was set up, and so today I thought I’d follow it up with a walk through…
Lighting Set Up
Ok so it was actually lit with 2 Nikon Speedlights; one into a 60″ Shoot Thru umbrella and the other on the ground behind Keith to give a little bit of separation on him and the dark walled area behind.
At the time (just before midday) there wasn’t enough natural/ambient light coming in through the window to light both Keith and the corner of the workshop so that’s where the umbrella was positioned. Also because this area of the workshop was quite dark, a second Speedlight was placed on the floor behind Keith to throw just a touch of light behind him and on the cupboard doors beneath the work surface.
One last bit of techno: The speedlight being fired into the 60″ Shoot Thru Umbrella was triggered using a Pocket Wizard Transceiver II and the flash on the floor was set into the SU-4 mode and fitted with the diffusion cap. (Both flashes were on Full Power).
In the couple of pictures below you can see on the left how dark the corner of the workshop was with just the natural/ambient light and on the right is how the image looked ‘out of camera’ once the lights had been put into place:
In the ‘out of camera’ shot the area behind Keith and the cupboard doors beneath the work surface were still too much in shadow. So, during the editing in the computer I added some more light into those areas using the Never Ending Lighting Rig technique that I wrote about a few weeks back [Link] and you can also see in the video that I recorded below:
Editing in Photoshop
Once there was enough light in the shot it was then a case of working through the rest of the editing stages so that I could hopefully end up with an image that gave the impression of being taken on a summers day in the late afternoon/early evening:
- Double Raw Conversion
- Enhance Details
- Remove unwanted items (Cloning)
- Never Ending Lighting Rig
- Change Colour of Keith’s Shirt
- Cookie Lighting & Vignette
As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.
*You can check out more images from Spillers Farm taken earlier in the year here [Link]
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