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Submitted on August 19, 2013

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Alain Photo

Thank you for this photo and those explications.

Posted 7 years ago   

1/160 sec.


ISO: 100

Focal Length

38 mm

Exposure Bias



Canon EOS 5D

Lights Used

Natural Light
Regular Flash



Additional Notes

This is really a three light setup….two strobes and the sun. I placed Denise with her back to the sun and then with the Elinchrom Ranger RX/AS I used one head to give her a rim light on her back and with the other I used the Elinchrom 39″ Deep octa with the diffusion panel off as the main light. I’ve found when working outdoors in lighting conditions like the scene above, the deep octa without the main diffusion panel provides a nice quality of light. Not harsh but not super soft as well.

As a starting point I metered for the background and under exposed it slightly. This helped keep the nice blues you see here. I increased the saturation some in post and added the vignette as well.

Light #1 was with a 7″ reflector no diffusion or grid. This was placed camera left as mentioned, to give her a rim light.

Light #2 was camera left with the center of the deep octa about 1 ft or so above eye level and pointed down at an angle to get as much of her lit up as possible. Again, always trying to pay attention to where the catch lights are falling in the eyes and how the shadows are showing up under and or around the nose/cheek area.

Light #3 is of course the sun providing the ambient ambient light.

If you look at the shadows on the ground you can see the direction of the three lights.

Thanks for looking.

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