Enhancing what nature gives
I recently did an editorial shoot in Washington State, just west of Seattle. The place was beautiful, and looked like it was going to be a very rainy day. Looking at the weather forecast, it looked like the rain wouldn't start until around 1pm.
I told the crew we had until 1 to get all of the outdoor shots done, so to be on point and work fast.
When I get to a location, I start to scout around and plan out where I can get my shots. This one was fairly easy, as I only needed 6 shots. When I woke up, I saw this amazing dock with the mountains in the background, so I knew my day would be easy, as long as I could beat the weather.
Once I got the model out to the location, I knew to work fast, as it was a bit chilly. This was my first shot to get the base exposure for the background. I knew I wanted a lot of depth of field, and I also knew I would be shooting with wide angle, so I could shoot around f8 and be fine. This is my base to start from. The background looks amazing, but she looks terrible. Way too dark and the light is really cool. No problem, I set up my Bowens XMT500 mono head with a 75 degree softlight reflector and put it in full TTL with the XMTRN controller and was ready to go. I also added a very light warming filter to the strobe head.
Boom, look at how beautiful this shot is. So easy to do also. It used to take quite a while to set everything up in manual, and then if the model moved you would have to readjust. With the new flashes today, it's so easy. The final image will be a little more enhanced with saturation and such. This shot is straight out of the camera.
In the end, we got all the shots done by 1pm and then the rain started. I got done early enough to be able to sleep in my own bed that night.
If you plan ahead, have a great crew, and know your equipment, it's not difficult at all to get great shots in a small amount of time.