When it comes to environmental portraits, one of the key things is finding the right location. For this environmental portrait shoot, Karl took some time to look around a wood-working yard before finding the ideal spot.
Shooting in at a carpenter’s factory, Karl had to work with mixed lighting, combining natural and studio light to create an atmospheric light suited to the location. In this class you’ll be able to see as Karl carefully creates his composition, rearranging elements of the scene to incorporate key details in the shot, and precisely builds up his lighting.
Using just three lights, you’ll learn how Karl balances mixed lighting and how he uses modifiers such as grids to create carefully controlled pockets of light.
What you’ll learn:
- How to photograph environmental portraits
- Identifying suitable locations for environmental portraits
- How to rearrange a scene for the best results
- How to shoot with mixed lighting
- Using softbox grids and honeycomb grids
- Tips for working quickly and effectively when photographing people
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
Working with mixed lighting is a common occurrence when photographing environmental portraits. In instances such as this carpenter’s portrait, it’s important to know how to carefully control the studio light so as not to overpower the atmospheric light.
In this shoot, I knew daylight alone would not be sufficient lighting, but I also knew I wanted just small pockets of light to enhance the atmosphere of the room, especially as I was shooting slightly wider than some of the other environmental portraits in this series.
To create the lighting for this shot I used a combination of lights, modifying each so that I could carefully control the spread of light, and I continuously checked the result of each lighting adjustment to ensure an overall balance was maintained.
In the end, I used just three lights with basic modifiers to achieve the result I wanted. With careful planning and by testing my lighting before, I was able to minimise the time spent photographing the subject and finish the shoot in just a few hours.