My Sparrow

Today is my girls birthday. So we’re in the woods taking photos! Oh and apperently I have to make a soufflé later… wish me luck with that!

Happy birthday baby!

I recently picked up a RoundFlash Beauty Dish, I’ve been absolutely loving it. Scroll down to the behind the scenes photos to see it in action. But it’s rad, and it folds down to pocket size!

My Sparrow - My Sparrow Photographed by Rick Nunn
My Sparrow - My Sparrow & My Hound Photographed by Rick Nunn
My Sparrow - My Sparrow & Her Crow Photographed by Rick Nunn
My Sparrow - Correctly exposed backdrop Photographed by Rick Nunn

Why Even Bother With Flash?

I thought it'd be cool to show what differents the flashes make to my images. This example is a little on the extreme size, sure we could have moved around a bit and found a sunnier spot to stand in, but it still never would have got the same feel of light. 

So this is the correctly exposed backdrop, which results in an under-exposed Spadge.

Correctly Exposed Spadge

And a correctly exposed Spadge results in an over-erexposed backdrop.

My Sparrow - Correctly exposed Spadge Photographed by Rick Nunn
My Sparrow - Adding The Strobes Photographed by Rick Nunn

Adding The Strobes

So adding the flash allows me to get everything to balance really nicely. 

Behind The Scenes

A two light setup with a reflector for this shot. This light sandwich gives a really flattering light, which naturally smooths the face without losing detail and definition around the chin. 

My Sparrow - Setup Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for My Sparrow

Equipment

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/60th
  • Aperture: F/1.4
  • ISO: 100

Comments

  • philbarker

    I’ll tell you something, you’re not bad at this lighting stuff are you ;)

  • Thanks honey xox

  • Really nice work. Looks great!

  • Carl

    Great work Rick. Your behind the scenes hints and tips are really illuminating (doh! sorry) but seriously the no flash underexposed/overexposed, with flash balanced exposure shots illustrate the point perfectly.

    The folding beauty dish/softbox light modifier looks very good (dagnabbit, another item for the wishlist) and that boom arm looks good too (doh!) — I really like that you link to the equipment you’re using, that is so useful. All in all, a very interesting and informative blog post (like most of yours). We get to see some great photos AND learn something too. Perfect.

    Thank you.