Photo Shoot & Walk Through: Handyman (Spillers Farm B&B, Devon)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 18, 2011

Category: General

Hi Folks,
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
  • Colour/Tone/Contrast
  • Cookie Lighting & Vignette
  • Sharpening
So there you go: 2 ‘Real’ Speedlights and a couple of ‘Pretend’ Speedlights courtesy of the  Never Ending Lighting Rig 

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.

Enjoy 🙂

*You can check out more images from Spillers Farm taken earlier in the year here [Link]

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  1. Ken Toney

    Awesome Glyn, this set up looks very familiar, maybe from a McNally tutorial (looks like it), great job!

  2. claudio.von.grubens

    Hi glyn,

    very great shots! It looks natural and the whole light and mood arrangement of the scene fits the mood of the photo! for me this is one of the best photos you have made.

    thx for the inspiration!

  3. Keith Hammond

    a great combination of real and “added” light, love the final look, reminds me of my old grandads workshop with shafts of light coming in through holes in the roof and him in overalls working away, thanks for taking me back there mate 😉

  4. Dan Davies

    So I was partially right then buddy? 2 flashes gets me some brownie points but you did the “gelling” in post. Nice work!

  5. Steve Bryson

    I really like this shot but was wondering why you didn’t use a cto gel rather than changing colour cast in post. Does using a gel limit future post production options?


    • Glyn

      Hey Steve, not a stupid question at all.

      The way I shoot is I go into it thinking 50/50 about the Photography and the editing at the time. I’m not a fan of using Gels and always prefer to shoot without them as I know what I’ll be doing during the editing phase. There is the thought also that I might not like the result later and consequently change my mind what I want the picture to look like. If I use a gel from the start then I then have to deal with removing it’s effect later…not a problem, but I’d just rather not.

      The idea behind posting this picture online (Facebook Twitter and G+) yesterday was to see if folks picked up on it and infact some photographers suggested that I did gel the flashes at the time.

      So, it all comes down to personal taste, style etc… Me…I shoot with the editing firmly in mind so concentrate on getting the lighting right but as for the colouring/temperature I prefer to do it during the Post Production.

      Glyn 🙂

  6. Steve Bryson

    Makes perfect sense. Thanks for the prompt and clearly understood reply 😉

  7. mike mayer

    Well executed.

  8. Dave Clayton

    I agree with Mike, well executed. That’s the beauty of photography. With a couple of lights, an interesting and detailed location and a suitable subject you can make a so so photo a more interesting photo. Seen too many styles where HDR is used and it can sometimes make the photo look a bit fake but this has a nice warmth to it. Nice work mate 🙂

    • Glyn

      Hey Dave, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words; really appreciate it mate 🙂

  9. Neil Holmes

    Hi Glyn, love this picture, it right up my own street! Could I ask what tool you used in post to archive the yellow / orange look, cheers Neil

    • Glyn

      Hi Neil. Thanks for the kind words. Re the colouring I used a mix of filters in Nik Color Efex Pro; been trying it out for a short while now and I must say…I love it 🙂

  10. DaveT

    Wonderful tutorial and tips.

    I hadn’t thought of using post production to replace the gels. It makes sense to do it this way as when I have used gelled flashes I sometimes find that the shadows are not the colour I want due to them picking up the shade of the ambient light where the flash light hasn’t affected them. It’s particularly noticeable on portraits when I change the WB to tungsten and use a CTO gel on the flash.

    This way I can control where the coloured light falls on my subject.



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