Location photography lighting and why I use it – before and after.

Location photography lighting formed a key part of some commercial photography

For Gill Linley’s couture collection recently we were shooting some of her work at St Augustine’s (a wedding venue in Kent). The backdrop was a mixture of low light interiors or mixed ambient light and the examples in the gallery in the post show how the pictures I shot compare with the base exposures for the windows or ambient light.

The pictures in the chapel relied on underposing the ambient floodlights and then using portable studio lights to create new accent and shadow detail (a gridded backlight and beauty dish keylight for the dark wooden backdrop, then a high performance reflector and octobox for the open area by the altar).

The other shots required lighting corridors to simulate as closely as possible daylight (usually a high performance reflector on a single flash head). I know that high ISO performing cameras will allow you to raise and work with the ambient light levels, but you can sacrifice a lot of contrast, detail and control by relying on that alone.

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