One of the most important factors in any photograph is light.
How much light is there? Where is the light coming from? Will we have to add or remove light? We at BP imaging know that light is what makes the difference between a good and an amazing shot.
Sometimes you can be very lucky and be at the perfect place at the perfect moment and your shot looks amazing. As professional photographers we know that we can’t always wait for that perfect lighting scenario. That’s when we need to create our own artificial sunlight.
In this example, one of our photographers, John Majorossy went to a location shoot to photograph a new stool design with a guitar. The client had scouted the location and was sure the sun would be on the front of the rustic home. That wasn’t the case; John realized that he was going to have to add some flash to create that natural sunlight look.
First, he prepared the lighting, he set up our 4800 watt/second speedotron flash about 30 feet away from the front of the home. He then added a ½ CTO warming gel to the flash. CTO gel (colour temperature orange) is used as a colour correction gel to convert tungsten light to a daylight colour. This helps to make it look like a late afternoon sun setting. He then balanced the exposure with the ambient and there you have it, natural looking sunshine on the front of your house.
We can also use this technique in our studio to create a natural looking sun streaming through our food set. It appears as if the shot is outdoors or the sun is shining through the windows. One of the most important parts of photography is lighting and it is our job as professionals to be able to create that mood or look through lighting.