During today’s workshop we worked outside with some portable Bowens 500R Gemini flash heads and reflective umbrellas. Whilst on my way to University I was slightly concerned that we would not be able to get outside to use the equipment as it was raining. Luckily, the rain had stopped by the time we started the workshop and we found a fantastic location at the Headingley campus in a small wooded area. The recent rain gave the surrounding autumn trees a pleasing shine and the early morning ambient light brought out the fantastic greens, yellows, oranges and reds in the leaves.

We set-up the equipment very similarly to the studio lighting workshop, except for a few minor changes. To power the flash heads we were using a Bowens Travelpak battery pack and to direct the flash we used reflective umbrellas instead of soft boxes, which gave a slightly harsher light. As for camera settings, I decided to meter for ambient background light to include the surrounding environment, instead of creating an unnatural, very dark background. The ideal camera settings were ISO 200, aperture f4.0 and a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. I wasn’t concerned about using a fairly slow shutter speed as my 24-105mm L lens has a good IS (image stabalisation) system and the strong flash would ‘freeze’ the subject sufficiently.

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