Fumbling in the dark!

Discussion in 'Lighting Tutorials' started by MichaelSewell, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell

    This was a very simple, but effective setup. The image was taken quite late in the evening and in darkness. All light is provided by off-camera flash, and the downside was having to setup by touch in the dark. We had a solitary LED torch, which helped, but it took a great deal longer to setup than I would have preferred.

    Most of the greenery is lit from a single source the far side of the bride and groom, which was placed to provide their rim light. I used a Godox Witstro 360Ws, firing through the dedicated beauty dish without the grid. This ensured the light was widespread so as to light the foliage, path and trellis. It was around chest height to ensure it as hidden by the bride and groom, and output was set to 1/8th

    A second Witstro 360 was placed in the garden area, frame right, about waist height, and set to fire through the trellis using a standard reflector, and again at about 1/8th output. The foliage on the garden side of the trellis gave the light a green tint, which can be seen on the bridal gown.

    The main light was alongside me, and to my right (frame right). Another Witstro 360 mated to an 80x80cm folding softbox raised to just about head height, or at least until it fouled on the overhead trellis. It was angled downward towards the couple and set to 1/16th output.

    My biggest problem was focusing, as to be absolutely blunt, you cannot focus on what you cannot see. That's why I pack an LED torch. Something as simple as a basic torch can work wonders in a situation like this. Bear in mind, most mobile phones have the ability to use their LED light as a torch, and even this can be bright enough to get you out of a hole!

    Most “dark” places I have shot, have had some illumination, even if it's still very dim. However, this particular setting had no lighting at all, was surrounded by high hedges which shielded the area from the road, and any street lighting. Apparently, according to the hotel, the front garden area isn't used by clients throughout winter, so they haven't invested in any lighting. Gee!, I wonder why it isn't used?

    Tip of the day? Pack a torch!

    1/125th sec ISO400 f5.6
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  2. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea
    As always, I enjoy reading these. One quick note though, they have problems opening in the ipad/iphone app. So for the back light, what does the beauty dish provide that a standard reflector would not? I get the idea that a beauty dish is softer/wraps more because it lacks the center hotspot... but from the back is that a noticeable outcome? Always interested in why people choose to use the modifiers they do, as thats one of the things I struggle with as a newbie to lighting.
  3. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
    I chose the Beauty dish, because it has a much broader throw than the standard reflector. Look at both, and you will see exactly what I mean. The angle of the emitted light is much, much broader. I needed it to light the greenery along both sides and above the couple, as well as providing the rim light (Two birds with one stone, and all that!)
    Obviously, a grid highly restricts the light, which is why it wasn't used.
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