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BEHIND THE SCENES: Balancing Light Ratios While Battling Nature

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Jul 25

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Balancing Light Ratios While Battling Nature

Last month we went out to Chicago’s beautiful Botanic Gardens for a photoshoot. Leaving the studio offers exciting locations, but it can also allow mother nature to take control. Watch as we explain the lighting that went into the portrait below, just in time to beat the impending torrential downpour!

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  • Jeff Azoudis

    Lol. Ok, this was a hilarious episode :) stay dry y’all!

  • Fredrik

    More of this! :) This was a great short episode.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mozzstudio Mariusz Garlacz

    I’m thinking about buying beauty dish. What kind of inside color do you recommend – silver or white?

  • jr456

    This just proves that great shots don’t have to be complicated; just well thought out. I also like that this is the reverse of what we usually try to do as photographers. Usually, we’re fighting to balance harsh direct-on-the face sun with a fill flash or reflector but in this case we’re taking a very flat cloudy light and adding just a bit of contrast to mimic a soft setting type sun and obviously white balance was dealt with in post. Really like this…great work!

  • Phlearn

    Hey Marius, we’ve actually never tried using silver, we always use a beauty dish with a white inside. We’ve been very happy with the results we get with it, though!

  • https://www.facebook.com/mozzstudio Mariusz Garlacz

    Thanks for answer. I have another question and I hope you will also help me with this.

    Aaron use Sekonic light meter, he also spoke in a few episodes about it. I use my Sekonic L-758D. When I set my camera 5D Mark II with that what light meter shows the photos are too dark – that what I think about 2 stops.

    Did you calibrate your light meter to your camera?

    If there is any other way where I can talk with you guys please let me know. I tried use email but without answer, tweet also.

    Thanks

  • Phlearn

    Good question! I didn’t calibrate mine, I just got lucky and it worked right away. If you are having trouble though, I would recommend calibrating yours. Hope that helps! Also, we can get pretty swamped with all the emails and tweets we receive, but we do the best we can to respond to them! You can try messaging us on Facebook next time. We don’t get quite as many messages on there as we do through email and twitter, so there is a better chance we will see it sooner! :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/mozzstudio Mariusz Garlacz

    Thanks, I will try to calibrate mine.

  • Zac

    I don’t know if you will see this, because it has been up a while, but what is the light that you use that is battery operated on location?

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