Injecting Light

Added on by John Sturr.

I just finished a photo shoot for a client an it got me to thinking about those who shoot only "available" light and those who also use flash.

More importantly I guess - I'm questioning those who vehemently defend the notion of only shooting available light.

For me there are two modes of shooting, paid and non-paid, for fun and not for fun.  When I'm shooting for fun I'm not on deadline and anything goes -- hell I can bag it a day, wait for the sun - not wait for the sun etc... But if I'm on deadline, I need the photo, and I can't come back the next day.  That's what being a pro is all about - getting the photo no matter what.

Listen to me - I'm jabbering like I'm a seasoned pro - I'm far from the work Chase Jarvis commands - but I've had my days.

So - my point is this - if a client approaches you for work - and you take the job - the Sun may not make such a great appearance and you better have some options to present.

The following photo was taken this last weekend - tripod mounted, so I could have just set the exposure, gotten the shots, and been out of there in 30 minutes - but I've done that before and everything looks like mud - there is no pop - not excitement for the eye - so I decided to "Inject" some light with some off camera remote Strobe.

I'm also a fan of Blessing and Shulman.

I call it injecting light - because the strobe fires during the long exposure.

And you would never know there is any strobe at all - the eye sees what you tell it to see.

I'm very happy with the results.