- ELENA -
Let's begin with a behind the scenes "BTS" shot, the importance of good Make-up, hair and styling is often underestimated!
Elena is much younger than the girls or woman i usually get in front of my lens and these teens ask for a different approach, coaching is on another level, it has to be more playful without turning yourself in a total moron, because once your status changes from cool to annoying your dead :-p
MUA: Sandra de Moor
Light the eyes, i can't repeat it enough, put some light into those eyes to make them "pop", having a really sharp lens and getting them in perfect focus helps finish the look (Nikkor Af-D 85mm 1.8)
Okay here is some lighting | strobist info:
I wanted a fresh, commercial look, so i lit it in a commercial way! On camera left high in the sky the sun, much closer to the camera a California Sunbounce Pro with -2/3 stop diffusion screen (bit like a Sunswatter) on a light-stand. The diffusion screen actually changes the harsh contrasty sunlight into soft and diffused light, just like a softbox with a continuous light source.
Problem: The Diffusion screen takes away 2/3 of a stop which is almost a full stop less than what the background is lit.
Solution: Add 1 stop of light again on the model and she is in balance with the ambient.
So i added an SB-900 with my flashzebra TTL cable to enable manual shooting but retaining the high speed synchro advantages.
How to set ISO, aperture, shutter speed?
Easy solution: start at "sunny 16" and decide at which aperture you want to work
Sunny 16 states: your shutter speed equals your ISO at f:16 for a correct exposure on sunlit environments!
And i'd like to work at f:4 ISO 200
From f:16 to f:4 is 4 stops
1/250 + 4 stops is 1/4000th
But this is just a bit dull, so i choose to work about 2 stops
The SB-900 was set between 1/4 and 1/2 M power with the high speed synchro enabled...
Makes you think about "correct exposure" not?