This is an image from a photo shoot I did a few years ago. I decided to post it here in my blog and discuss some of what went into creating it.
In today’s era of iPhone photos and Instagram where you push the button once to get a picture and push one more button to clog the feeds on Instagram – and if all conditions were perfect – you get a halfway decent photos if you can overlook the ever present outstretched arm in the foreground – it’s easy to forget what it takes to create a truly effective image.
This was photographed in Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown District on one of the new bridges. Needless to say at night the light was inadequate and certainly not coming in from the direction I needed. I wanted hard light coming in that would skim across the models sculpted abs and pop the highlights on the trumpet.
I solved this by setting up studio strobes with battery packs on stands on the bridge to get the light where I wanted it. Then with the camera on a tripod and the model holding absolutely still for the duration of the exposure I did a long exposure calculated to let the background light of the city blend in.
This is a technique made possible in that shutter speed lets more light in over time. Aperture is not influenced by time. So I set the aperture to the that needed for the right amount of light of the strobes and the shutter speed to be right for the background light. Because the flash duration of the strobes is only an instant, it makes no difference in the amount of light on the shutter speed end of the settings and I end up with a perfectly balanced exposure.
No matter how far technology progresses, it won’t replace professional equipment, the know how to use it creatively, and the creativity of those creating the shot.