Glenn Taylor and I have a few spots open on our February 28 - March 2, 2013 Atlanta, GA workshop. Here Glenn offers some tips on how he got the shots at our shooting locations.
Info on the workshop is on my Workshops page.
Before Glenn gets going, here's some cool news!
The next two photographers who sign up for the workshop will receive:
• Lexar 32 GB Compact Flash Card
• Copy of my book, Exploring the Light
• My Rick Sammonisms t-shirt (L and XL only)
That's about a $200 value!
Simply sign up on my Workshops page and shoot me an email to tell me you signed up - to ensure your goodie bag.
If you already signed up, your goodie bag will be waiting for you in Atlanta!
* Originally, this said "the next five," but for photographers already signed up.
Take it away Glenn.
My niece was visiting Atlanta for the holidays and I was fortunate to have her model for me at the Rail Museum for some simple off-camera flash images with a nostalgic feel. This museum has some great vintage rail cars and buses that offer some amazing backgrounds to work with.
For this image we set up in the mail car exhibit. It has a nice warm tone with the canvas bags, wooden floors and tungsten lighting. It was very overcast and this car is located within a large shed, so there was no other light than the bare bulbs in the ceiling. I wanted to keep the background warm and rich while getting a little pop from the flash on the model to help her stand out from that background. My niece found the amazing chair in an adjacent rail car and we be both agreed it would make a great prop.
The lighting diagram shows the set-up using a Lastolite Ezybox 20” softbox on an extension pole held over my head as I knelt down with the camera to get an eye-to-eye level with the subject. The car is cramped inside and I wanted the light to reach down to her her boots. I elected to go with the softbox straight on, from over my head, to spread the light evenly and feather down to the floor.
The settings I used are listed here:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II on manual setting
Lens: Canon 24-70mm L at 40mm
ISO: 800 (I opened this up to help bring up the ambient light in the car)
f 4.0 (to keep focus on the model and let the background be less distracting)
1/60 second exposure to keep the ambient opened up
Canon 580EXII hot shoe flash on manual at 1/8 power
1/4 CTO (color temperature orange) gel on flash to keep skin tones warm
Extended cord from camera hot shoe to trigger flash and control with camera
Okay, let's move on to HDR and details.
During our workshop we'll be shooting at two of my favorite locations to shoot HDR and detail images: The Southeast Railway Museum in Duluth, GA and Old Car City in White, GA. Both locations are a treasure trove of heavy metal grunge images. The colors, textures and little details are just amazing!
Sightseeing/cocktail car at the SE Railway Museum (opening image for this post). I can always picture a scene from Mad Men taking place right in this car. This is a 5 exposure HDR, merged in Photamatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (around 34mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.
Kitchen car at the SE Railway Museum. The patina of the metal surfaces adds interest to all the geometric shapes in the composition. This is a 5 exposure HDR, merged in Photamatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (24mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.
Old Car City
Old Car City is a similar location with a completely different set of subjects: classic cars that are weathered, rusty and full of character. Just like the trains at SE Railway, HDR and details are everywhere you look.
The “Office” at Old Car City. The texture around this part of the facility just jumps out at you. This is a 3 exposure HDR, merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (34mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.
Hood ornament detail at Old Car City. I shot this with backlighting from the morning sun that would emphasize the selective focus feature of the lens. This is a single exposure, processed in Lightroom, taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 90mm Tilt/Shift lens on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.
Ladies in waiting at Old Car City. I liked the way this group looked like a beaten down car lot. This is a 3 exposure HDR, merged in Photomatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 35mm lens. This is shot wide while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.
Ford emblem fender detail at Old Car City. I captured this handheld at f2.8 to bring focus on just the emblem detail and let the rest of the fender fade into the background. This is a single exposure, processed in Lightroom, taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 35mm lens.
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Thank you Glenn for a super post.
Glen and I hope to see you on our Atlanta HDR/Model shoot workshop. Again, info is on my Workshops page.
Explore the light,