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02/20/2007 10:20:15 AM · #1
Wrote a bit of a 'how to' and 'why to' for this splash shot.Thought it might be useful.

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Making a splash
02/20/2007 10:34:35 AM · #2
Thank you, Gordon.... I bookmarked it for future reference. I would love to try some "water" stuff someday soon. I think what you said about using ISO 400 and lower light power to get crisper water will be very useful information! Thank you for taking the time to do this!
02/20/2007 10:44:18 AM · #3
nice tutorial ...

perhaps you could add it to the dpc tutorials too! :)
02/20/2007 10:51:52 AM · #4
Great stuff Gordon!
As someone who doesn't know squat about lighting, things like this really help.

Love the part about the garage drying out a couple days later.
:)


02/20/2007 10:52:45 AM · #5
Originally posted by super-dave:

nice tutorial ...

perhaps you could add it to the dpc tutorials too! :)


Great idea
02/20/2007 10:57:48 AM · #6
Gordon, great tutorial and very easy to follow. Thanks a bunch!
02/20/2007 11:04:46 AM · #7
Thank you Gordon
Very nice explanition (seems so easy wneh you read it :-)
Just one question
What is the advantage of the flash with colored gel in comparison to a textile or paper colored background?
02/20/2007 12:05:14 PM · #8
Originally posted by dreamy:

What is the advantage of the flash with colored gel in comparison to a textile or paper colored background?


I have ~200 backgrounds that cost me 1c from BHPhoto (see link and other similar swatch books from Lee). They take up about the space of a packet of cards.

I can control how dark or light those backgrounds are relative to everything else by changing the flash power. I can change the shape and fall off of those backgrounds, with snoots/ bits of paper, diffusers. With a strobe I can focus and zoom the light (or move it), to change the fall-off of the edges (e..g, the vignetting in the splash shot is all just light position and zoom)

I can mix in textures and patterns by shooting through things (some people use plants a lot)

I can take these backgrounds anywhere and set them up in a few moments.

If you combine them with already coloured backgrounds, you can really get outrageous colour too - so if you have a blue paper background and hit it with a white light, you'll tend to wash it out, but if you have a blue background and hit it with a light with a blue gel, you get much stronger colour saturation. The green background shot is like that - a green wall, hit with a green strobe.

Textile/ seamless backgrounds have their place too, different advantages/ disadvantages depending on what you are trying to achieve.

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02/20/2007 04:19:45 PM · #9
Thank you Gordon, for the explanations and the enlighting examples
I love this site and the way many of the members share time and experience.

The green on the green background shot is just awesome. I always thought those are just photo Shop colours

02/20/2007 04:23:54 PM · #10
Originally posted by dreamy:

The green on the green background shot is just awesome. I always thought those are just photo Shop colours


That green/ orange portrait is pretty much as shot. Very little extra done to it at all, other than the basic stuff I normally do to a RAW file.
02/20/2007 04:34:49 PM · #11
Originally posted by Gordon:

That green/ orange portrait is pretty much as shot. Very little extra done to it at all, other than the basic stuff I normally do to a RAW file.


It's just great

I didn't meant your picture in particular
You have quite often this kind of very bright background in advertisements.

I would definitely try this lighting
The only problem is that apart from the coloured gels I need to buy some other stuff and there is plenty of time till my birthday :-)
But at first I'll go for an umbrella and the gels
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