May 09, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Matching Two Different Lights Under the Bridge

Matching Two Different Lights

The key for this photoshoot was to match two different lights consisting of our strobe matching to the light already underneath the bridge. Since the light was already very orange, we decided to gel the inside of of a stripbox to make our strobe warmer in color temperature. This enabled us to pick up with our strobe where the bridge light left off, creating what appears to be a single light source.

Stay tuned for an episode tomorrow showing the post production that went into creating the final image!


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    Jay Stebbins

    Really nice job this behind the scenes tutorial. The iron work under that bridge looked pretty amazing as well. It looked like it could create a intricate frame around your scene. Awesome!

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    Josh Ramirez

    great job!
    you should do an episode on how to scout for aspiring models because a lot of us can’t afford to pay 100/200+ $ for a model plus makeup and hair, so it’s very fundamental for photographers to know

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      Aaron Nace

      Totally Josh. In this case the model did her own makeup and our producer did the hair. Total cost for this shoot was about $150. You can find models who will shoot for free on places like craigslist and Model Mayhem, but we recommend paying people. Even if you can’t afford much, it will usually bring in a higher level of talent and ensure punctuality. A lot of people are ok with $50 and some good photos 🙂

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    Stephane Pironon

    Nice lightning Aaron. Only one point for me; her knee due to position of the leg is a little too large. Maybe have some liquify on it 😉 Great job here and always a pleasure to follow your adventures from Paris ^^

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    Skip Armstrong

    Betchya it would also look cool with a tungsten color temp to bring that daylight in blue.

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    great BTS. really like the explanation of lighting. Aaron do you do any workshops here in Chicago?

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    Kim Kristakov

    Aaron, as always, your insights and efforts are greatly appreciated. This may be off topic a bit but I’d like to ask you something about your light setup. First, when I started cluing into your equipment I was excited to see Paul Buff. I’m about to make the dip into purchasing my first studio flashes and this is the direction I’m headed. I noticed something peculiar attached to your Einstein head that for lack of better understanding I’m assuming was your trigger? Obviously, your light setup is PCB (head and modifier) but it really looked like you were using ‘other’ poppers. I’m not as interested in which provider you use for triggers as much as your feelings or experiences with PCB Cybersync controller and transceivers to trigger the Einstein head. I see pro’s that are all over PCB but many use other triggers. Is that because they already had the triggers or is there something about the PCB Cybersync that I don’t understand because I’ve no first-hand knowledge of the unit. I’d really appreciate any info you can share before I jump into my purchase of studio equipment. I’ve sold myself on the Cybersync for the Einstein head because the transceivers are so inexpensive. Is there something about the Cybersync that makes it less useful or harder to use than other brand triggers?

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      Aaron Nace

      Kim, good question.
      I use Pocketwizard Plus II for a couple of reasons. First reason being that when I purchased them, the Cybersync was not in production yet. Second they have a very high reputation and my experience with them is amazing, they just work.

      I don’t have a lot of experience with the PCB trigger but I have heard they work very well. If I has to start from scratch today I would order a few triggers from each brand and test them on my own, then return the ones I didn’t like as much.

      I am sure many people reading this also use PCB Cybersync and I would love to know your feedback on them.
      Thanks again!

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    I love that you shoot in Chicago. You’re showing me how to light all these great locations that I want to use for shoots but just don’t know how. Last weekend i did a shoot under a bridge near my loft and i was cursing the damn sodium vapors. I never thought about actually using them. You lend a unique perspective on shooting and help guys like me understand how to use the environment instead of combat it. Awesome.