Craig and I are at it again! We filmed the third installment of the Outdoor Portrait Secrets videos for YouTube on Sunday, and man, did we ever have some fun.
We went back to the same location, the cave, with the intent of coming up with something new. Since it was mid-morning there was a lot more light, giving us the ability to explore the cave a little bit. The only issue we had was shooting in the actual cave provided too much of a low-light situation for Craig to get a lot of video. Luckily I was in there long enough to snap a few photos with the Westcott Apollo Orb Softbox as my key light, with a 600EX-RT inside on low power. Here's the result, processed with a sample pack provided by Totally Rad's Replichrome Lightroom Presets:
We moved outside the cave and got a few more shots there, though they looked a lot like those I took in the last video.
The real keepers came from another tunnel we discovered in the bowels of York Redoubt. A long narrow staircase would provide for a cool backdrop, lit with a zoomed in flash with a green gel. We placed the light at the top of the stairs, shining downward. To cast the shadow on the wall, our assistant Rob stood in front of the green flash and attempted to look menacing.
Brittany, beautiful as always, kept the outfit simple in keeping with the story of the shot. As the Intrepid Reporter, she explored just a little too deep in the darkness and is now trying to get away from what she found...
The key light in this image was provided by a single flash, zoomed to 200mm and with a couple pieces of tape covering the front. This narrow strip of light gave a very dark and moody feel, letting me light just Brittany's face while having the rest fall to darkness. It was a motivated light, similar to a small window, or perhaps a torch on the wall.
All of the photos above were created using the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens, a focal length that gives an almost "cinematic" quality (since that's a popular movie camera focal length), and while being wide enough, doesn't look too wide.
As Craig mentioned in the video, please leave a comment, or at least hit the "Thumbs up" Button on the video. We'd love to hear from you, and feel free to ask any questions about the shoot!