Creating something a little different to fit what your clients want can be great. I was tasked with creating some head-shots for a client that fit the overall look and feel of their branding. The portraits that I create usually are on the more dramatic side, darker backgrounds with a more classical feel. With this project I was having to switch things up a bit. Not only because I wanted to do something different but also to fit my client’s look and established brand.
I worked out a lighting set up and editing style to create the look desired. Here is what we came up.
A lighter, lower saturated, higher contrast images with a white background shot with a single light. One strobe with a 36″ octo softbox on stand, Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F2.8, edited in LR. Here are a couple diagrams showing a basic layout of the light and subject positioning.
Nothing really complicated or extravagant just a simple setup with some basic post work. But the final look that we got is what we wanted. This is a reminder of the KISS method, keep it simple stupid.
I went out to shoot my first time-lapse video after work, trying to capture downtown Tulsa, OK during sunset. This is what I got, hope you like it, remember to click it and share it.
I was trying to set up the tripod and camera quickly before I lost all the light and the attempt to shoot the time-lapse during sunset became mute. All this while trying to not to set my stuff or stand in goose droppings, since this area is heavily traveled by Canadian Geese, nice! Because we all know there is nothing like a little salmonella to go along with your time-lapse video.
The camera I used Nikon D800, lens Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. After settling on aperture (f16, for a larger depth of field) I took a couple of test shots to double-check the exposure. I also adjusted the circular popularizer to help the contrast and saturation. I then set the shot interval and the time frame (expose every 15s for 1 hour), then set it in motion. After a few exposures I realized that I forgot to set it to manual instead of aperture priority. So now as the sun sat the exposure time grew, this of course lessened the desired effect of the sunset. But I still think it turned out pretty good for my first time. However since I wasn’t able to get the exact look I was going for, I have to deem this first attempt a failure. But I like it anyways. I hope you like it, let me know in the comment section below if you would please. Oh and don’t forget to Click it and Share it!
So I invested in some new gear before the end of the year.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
Then this last weekend I bit the bullet and ordered a second new lens and a teleconverter.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon 2X teleconverter
So the 20-200mm & 2X teleconverter arrived, YAY!!! Of course after work I ran down to the river to test it out before the sun was gone, and here is what I got.
The full view of the Geese coming in for a landing on the river.
A cropped view of the Geese coming in for a landing on the river.
Of course the 2X teleconverter not only doubles the focal length of the lens being used it also doubles the f/stop. So the lens is a f2.8 through out its focal length there for with the teleconverter it goes to a f5.6. So with the higher f/stop I increased the ISO to 1000 to keep the shutter speed a bit higher to try to freeze the action. I might in the future raise the ISO even higher to bump the shutter speed even higher as well. However with it all being said I am still very happy with the results.