Daughters of the Northern Coast

model,australia,mp,greenscreen

The purpose of this post is about exploring how to build an image to tell a story.

We’ve all heard the expression “a picture tells a thousand words” – it’s actually an average 83 (that I read in some research somewhere) but the number doesn’t really matter.  The facts are most of us are primarily visual and some pics communicate more effectively than others, that there are photos that speak millions and others little.

Ideally as a photographer you want to get as much as possible shot in the camera so to cut down post production time but that is not always possible or practical.

Below is a photo composite of three different photos – our model, the landscape and the old car.  On their own each image is OK but not a thousand words worth –  the elements joined to create a story that hopefully resonates with your audience and worth much more.

  • The model shot in a green screen studio in Sydney,
  • The car located on the highway near Sawtell on the North Coast and
  • The background landscape around Boorowa  NSW.

There is a caveat – the time to create a composite image is about ten fold  –

With every piece of communication you need to ask what message do you want to convey?

James Reyne is playing at our local club in a few weeks time -as teenagers during the 80’s we grew up listening, dancing and singing to Aussie Crawl on our surf trips up to the Northern Coast of NSW.  Sons of Beaches and Daughters of the Northern Coast.  Music an inspiration.

Sunset Over a Golden Sea Sunset Over a Golden Sea Photo by Scott Maxworthy maxymedia

We were down at Boorowa in mid south west NSW yesterday to do some filming for Ottoboca (my foodie project) with the Sam’s from Sam’s Paddock Butcher – simply beautiful tasting, high quality, pasture fed Angus beef.

This pic yet another example of the stunning beauty of our country – the late afternoon sun creeping through the clouds and washing the fields, gum trees and an old abandoned building (look closely) in golden light.

Boys toys

A Day In The Studio

Studio Lighting with PARs

It’s often said that photography is painting with light – as I personally develop my own style and detailed eye I’m conscious of how light strikes an object.

Last weekend was spent in the studio testing lighting.  Without a model for the day the bear stepped in.  Please note that I’m still learning so there is bound to be mistakes.

Lighting Setup

  • 2 x PAR 64’s as key lights with bar doors and tungsten to daylight filters (front far left and right). (#1 & 2)
  • 2 x PAR 56’s as front middle fills with bar doors and tungsten to daylight filters (# 5 & 6)
  • 2 x PAR 56’s with bar doors as backlights; (#7 & 8)
  • Lee LD201/ 251 filters to adjust colour temperature from tungsten to daylight.
  • I also had 2 x more PAR 64’s (3 & 4) setup to be used a chroma key backdrop key lights  but didn’t use them

Using a simple DMX lighting controller software, a DMX USB interface to a JANDS 12 channel DMX dimmer box I was quickly able to try different lighting configurations.

 Studio Setup

Camera set to Av mode (Aperture Priority) so only thing to change was the shutter speed to get correct exposure.  

Frame ISO Aperture

Result

Shutter


Result
Colour Temp & Tint

1

PAR 64 

2

PAR 64

5

PAR 56

6

PAR 56

7

PAR 56

8

PAR 56

EV
Photo exposures 11 800 f/5 1/100 3950K + 22

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

+8
12 800 f/5 1/25 4300K + 22 +6
14 800 f/5 1/160 3450K + 6

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+9
15 800 f/5 1/200 3450K + 3

100% power

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+9
16 800 f/5 1/250 3550K + 16

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+10
17 800 f/5 1/1250 3750K + 17

100%

201 Gel

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

100%

251 Gel

+12
18 800 f/5 1/640 3750K +11

100%

201 Gel

F/ 5.0

100%

Diffuser

201 Gel

F/ 3.2

100%

251 Gel

F/ 5.0

100%

251 Gel

F / 4.5

100%

251 Gel

F/3.2

100%

251 Gel

F/ 3.6

+11

Frame 21 (below)  – ISO400 105mm f/5.6 1/125  I dropped power intensity on the left lights to create short side lighting.  If a person has a wide face then you have the face turned and light up the shorter (narrower) side of the face.

I think I then over-did the post production sharpening.

Learnings

The PARs are no where near as punchy as my flash (strobe) units -but should be OK for some video presenter work.  Will do some more testing on that later.  

Still some problems with colour temperature – I’d hoped with the filters to have these temps up around 6000K (daylight).