Sunshine and showers – location lighting course

Last Saturday Paul Ellis ran another of our popular summer Location Lighting courses. Here’s his blog about it:

Normally in August the sun shines and all is hunky dory but the weather forecast was for heavy rain followed by sunshine followed by heavy rain and so on.

With our fingers crossed we went on location and found just sunshine, hurrah, we shouted but I wanted the group to make a moody dramatic image – the way the sky is shortly before heavy rain. To simulate this we first made an exposure for the sky and then ‘tweaked’ this exposure until the sky was suitably under exposed.

We posed our model; Kaye, illuminated her by the flash and altered the flash power until we achieved the desired flash exposure on her. Then we asked her to ‘throw’ her long hair. The combination of under exposed sky, contrasty flash and ‘frozen’ hair makes for a very moody and dramatic image. This was further realised when the participants learnt how to use High Speed Sync and Hypersync (two different things that try to do the same thing).

Thankfully, the rain stayed away and we had a very productive Location Lighting course.

Our next Location Lighting course is taking place on Saturday 6th September

Read about the results of a recent Studio Lighting course with Kaye as the model

Images from Photofusion Location Lighting course