Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:18AM
I am planning a couple composite photographs where I shoot the model in the studio and then isolated them and put them in an outdoor background. One of the backgrounds is bight, mostly sunny, mid-day light, the other is cloudy and bleak evening light. Any tips on how to light the model for these two situations?
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:59AM
I would photograph model in such situations and then mimic light in studio.
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:50AM
Thanks slobo! That would definitely be helpful in making sure the composite is believable. I think once I get in the studio it would take a lot of expirementing to get it right though. Any thoughts on a starting point that I can tweak to get going?
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:53AM
The sun is a small point light, so you need an unmodified strobe pointing from a direction.
Overcast has light from all over being bounced, so bounce it around the studio.
These kind of comps always look fake to me, though.
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:18PM
Agree - they always look fake to me too. Lighting is what makes the photo - and when it's inevitably different then the result will be different too.
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:55PM
It is hard to do without looking fake, which is why I am trying to do a lot of planning and research pre-shot.
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:17PM
I have never tried this, but I understand you would also want to make your fill light cooler in color temp than your key light (assuming your key light is acting like the sun), the idea being that outdoor fill primarily comes from blue sky which is of course a cooler color temp than the sun.
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:39PM
All good sugestions. Thanks for the help!