Saturday, July 21, 2007

2-Light Setup

An example of a simple 2-light setup for an outdoor car shot. The harsh sunlight at noon will easily create shadow on certain parts of the car which are not illuminated directly by the sunlight. So the use of flashes in this case will help prevent the shadow area being underexposed, or the highglight area being overexposed. A balance of ambient and flash exposure will do the trick quickly and easily.

Of course there're plenty of areas to be improved in this photo such as:

1) The background
2) The use of more diffused light source
3) A simple detail (The car was quite dirty)
4) A more interesting sky such as an evening sky

Equipment: Canon EOS30D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM, ST-E2, 580EX*2



Anonymous young photographer said...

call be dumb but from the sharpening of the small pic, i thought it was a HDR ;)

9:34 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

Hi! Yeah, it gives the HDR-feel but I'm very reluctant to do PS, so this is the only way to shoot for my case. :D How's your 17-40L doing so far? Love it?

11:09 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

YEAH! love the USM and non-extending barrel. sharpness is so much better than the kit, but still needs some improvement using PS. find it great for everything :D

i was told that a tamron 70-200 f2.8 with it's own anti-shake will be out this year or early next year, it will be around 4000, equiv to the f4l IS USM. can't wait to read it's reviews. although tamron's own anti shake will never be as good as the original IS.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

At the price of less than RM2500, 17-40L is one of the best performer in its range. Though sometimes I wish the corner softness doesn't present, but it's a fact of life, I have to accept it.

I would recommend you Canon's 70-200 over Sigma/Tamron's 70-200. Resale value and satisfaction is much better! Don't forget Sigma/Tamron reverse-engineer their lenses! These lenses might not be supported on future Canon bodies! ;)

I'm drooling over EF135mm F/2L USM now.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

woah! 135mm prime, pretty great range in 1.6x. haha hope you get one soon, great for portraits and won't have to lug your 70-200 F2.8L IS USM all the time.

all i can do now is dream about the f4L IS USM. tamron can't work on film too eh?

6:20 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

135/F2L is even one-stop faster than the 70-200/F2.8L! At less than 800g, it's truly a nice lens for candid shots. :)

Tamron's 70-200/F2.8 is DI version, which is suitable for fullframe too. But I guess EF70-200/F4L IS is a better buy if you don't need the speed. :)

8:41 PM  

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