Stallion 51 Precon
We spent a marvelous afternoon being hosted by Stallion 51 for the Photoshop World Precon. Our subject was light and we explored it with aircraft and models, seeing how we could use it to tell stories. We went out shooting at highnoon, what many think as the worst time to shoot to learn how we can make it the best time. We were fortunate that the temps were cool (for Florida) and we had some puffies in the sky all lending to fun and success.
Following my basic photographic concept of KISS, we used the depth of the hangar and its large doors as our light source. The students were able to see how by moving Marisa further and closer to the opening of the hangar, we could change the light and therefore her appearance. At the same time by placing her either closer or further from the back of the hangar, we could effect the exposure of the background. So while shooting at highnoon, we could take advantage of its power inside the hangar. Shooting with the D5 / 105 f1.4, we had gorgeous light on Marisa and lower light levels on the P-51D Mustang in the background so it didn’t take the mind’s eye away from her.
Then we took our learning of light outside and placed Marisa on the wing of a T6 so she was backlit. Using the polished aluminum of the aircraft as well as a touch of a gold reflector, we introduced light into the shadows overpowering the power of the backlight from out of doors. It was a quick lesson demonstrating that going indoors was actually a more pleasing light compared to outside and at the same time easier to make the quick, pleasing portrait. We had a great time and want to thank all who joined us and especially our models who were so kind to at time, make them look not so good so we could see the light when it was great!