1. Fashion Shoot - Rooftop - Part 2

    Fashion Shoot - Rooftop - Part2


    Nikon D800, 70mm, f/11, 1/250, iso 320


    As I’ve mentioned in Part 1, my biggest fear of shooting on location is balancing strobe and ambient light. I’m going to explain how I lit these photos, hopefully it’ll be helpful to you in the future. 

    For the picture above, I shot directly into the sun, using it as Harby’s backlight. I first expose for the environment, dial in the background to give it a hint of green, to let the viewer know that we were high above the ground, I purposely not overexposing the background too much to give the picture reference. Then I position the Profoto B1 to just above Harby’s head on the right, aim down 45 degree to create that subtle shadow below his chin, this give him some dimension, if I lit him directly in the face, it would have flatten the entire image. The choice of using a silver beauty dish gives his skin tone and clothing more contrast.

    Nikon D800, 70mm, f/11, 1/250, iso 320

    The other two images were lit the same way. The sun is positioned on camera right about 45 degree up, it create this beautiful highlight on his suit and side of his face. I used the profoto B1 to fill in from the left. Notice how the strobe is not over bearing? it gave it just a hint on Harby’s face, filled in some shadow on the other side of the suit and created some beautiful highlights on his leather shoes. 

    Think of strobes as a “light” paintbrush, control it will allow you to highlight important area and darken other places to enhance bone structure + clothing.


    1 Profoto B1

    16 inch silver beauty dish  

    Nikon D800

    70-200mm 2.8


    1. When you are shooting into the sun, it is impossible to see and focus your subject’s face, depending on the power of your modelling light, you may / may not be able to provide enough light for focus, bring a high power pocket flash light for this situation, turn it on, focus, turn it off, switch off your autofocus and you’re good to go.

    2. Until the sun set to a certain degree, light may be too intense for some shots, if you pay attention to his white shirt, it’s a little blown out in some pictures, always shoot tethered when you can, never trust your camera’s LCD.

    Next week - I will blog about photography assistant, have an awesome weekend!

    Post Production

    Lightroom 5 (to cull images)

    Adobe Photoshop CS6 (adjust levels / healing / clone  / curves / colour level) 

    Nikon D800, 70mm, f/11, 1/250, iso 320


    Music: “Kings & Queens” - Young Tapz via The music bed

    Model: Fayehun Harby

    Lighting: Silvia Li

    BTS Videographer: Felix Wong

    Photographer: Sam Tsang

    Studio: SiliStudio HQ

    Questions / Comments

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