This is the first of my new portfolio. Â I wanted to challenge myself more than I have before. Â I’ve always been the type of photographer whom favored using natural light over strobes, not because its better or its easier but primarily because it was my comfort zone. Â I’ve used strobes in the studio but I’ve never been able to use my studio lights outdoors. Â I’ve searched online for the cheapest possible solutions to powering my studio lights outdoors and have come up with a solution that will only set you back about $200. Â In order for you to be able to use your studio lights outdoors you will need a PURE SINE Inverter alongside a power source; in this case a 12V 35AH SLA Battery. Â I will post the specifics in another blog detailing on where I bought the materials etc.
For this shoot I had envisioned a mysterious woman wearing a long black dress with a black hooded cape walking through a forest trail with fog and ray’s of light shining through. Â Well when do things ever go your way when you plan a shoot, right? Â I’ve always been so used to doing things myself, from packing and treading along carrying all of my gear during Weddings, Family Portraits, Headshots, Events, etc so I figured this time I wouldn’t really need one. Â Boy was I wrong! I’ve never used a fog machine before so it was really all about experimenting. Â I guess the idea is to have the fog machine set behind the model a good distance away so that the fog would have time to naturally settle behind them without looking like a big cloud of smoke. Â Well it wouldn’t have worked in this case all due to me forgetting my extension cord!
Regardless of all of the things that could have went wrong with the shoot I was still determined to make it work somehow, someway. Â With a little photoshop here and there I am quite pleased with the outcome of the shoot. Â Though I’m a firm believer in getting things as close as possible to what you have envisioned right within the camera, a little photoshop can definitely enhance your image. Â I think I’ll probably start to play around with more compositing. Â You can check out the BEFORE & AFTERÂ photos here << CLICK HERE >>