Unveiling Captivating Environmental Portraits: A Dive into Mastering Continuous Lighting at Dusk

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Unveiling Captivating Environmental Portraits: A Dive into Mastering Continuous Lighting at Dusk

Nikki Harrison's outdoor photoshoot, showcasing the possibilities and creative potential of continuous lighting techniques during dusk.

Greetings to all photography enthusiasts! Allow us to introduce Nikki Harrison, an accomplished portrait photographer residing amidst the picturesque landscapes of British Columbia, Canada. Today, Nikki is thrilled to unfold a trove of captivating insights, tailored especially for passionate photographers who seek to harness the enchantment of continuous lighting within their creative journey.
In this captivating video presentation, viewers are invited to embark on an exhilarating expedition, where the protagonist is none other than an aging cowboy, a regal horse, and the mesmerizing allure of the twilight hour. Of course, when animals and infants are involved, foreseeing every spontaneous move is a challenge in itself. Enter the star of the show: the Reflex S. However, this tool's versatility extends far beyond mere illumination. As we soon discover, with a seamless transition, the Reflex S effortlessly shifts from flash into continuous light mode, perfect for putting our equine co-star at ease. The mission? The creation of breathtaking environmental portraits that beautifully encapsulate the very essence of the cowboy's spirit. The journey involves an intricate exploration of three distinct lighting arrangements, each with the potential to elevate the storytelling experience to unprecedented heights. Get ready for an immersive experience as Nikki unravels the magic of each setup!

As the camera enters the pre-dusk phase, the sun's glow retains a tad too much vigor for the subtleties of continuous lighting. Reflex S seamlessly adapts to the dynamic demands of the shoots and it transforms into a flash, sculpting the rugged features of the subject while orchestrating an alluring high-contrast ambiance. It's about capturing the dramatic effect that a well-placed flash can offer—a play of shadows and highlights that adds an extra layer of depth. The journey, however, does not culminate here. The spotlight now shifts to a captivating trifecta of lights. Nikki positions two Reflex S units directly behind each of the cowboys shoulders and uses CLx10 as the main light to illuminate the cowboy's countenance with grace. This symphony of light work culminates in an ethereal rimlight that envelops the subject, elegantly harmonizing the rugged environment with his indomitable charisma. Now, let's peek into the photographer's toolbox for this grand undertaking. A venture of this magnitude calls for meticulous preparation—a readiness to navigate the rapid pace of twilight and the unpredictability that accompanies our equine companions. As the shoot unfolds against the backdrop of a functional acreage, a helping hand is provided in the form of the acreage owners, who effortlessly embody the role of human light stands, ensuring that the setup remains impeccable throughout the quest for that perfect shot.

And the setup? It's a dynamic trip of two Reflex S units and one CLx10 —a pairing that encompasses both flash and continuous light modes. This synergy of luminance works its magic, enveloping the horse in a radiant glow from one side and caressing our cowboy with a soft luminosity from the other. The chosen lenses? A Sony a7r5 camera body, accompanied by the 50mm f/1.2 lens for intimate connections, and the expansive vistas offered by the Sigma 16-24 for those wide, dramatic shots. It's a symphony of elements converging to craft photographic magic.

So, fellow photographers, prepare to be enthralled as Nikki guides you through the art of mastering continuous lighting at dusk. The canvas is the waning sky, the subject is a weathered cowboy, and the tools of the trade are none other than the Reflex S units and an unwavering dedication to the craft. Together, let's capture the very essence of storytelling through light, creating timeless portraits that resonate deeply within the heart. Are you ready to dive into the video and immerse yourself in the enchantment that awaits?

About Nikki Harrison

Meet Nikki Harrison, a professional photographer with 15 years of experience in the industry. Nikki holds a Master's degree in Photography and has received numerous awards and publications for her work. Nikki won the Bronze Medal for Canada in the Portrait category for the WPC - World Photography Cup 2017. She specializes in photo art and is highly respected in the field for her unique vision and creativity.

Nikki’s photographs are a visual representation of her passion for the art form and her ability to capture the beauty in the world around us while throwing her own artistic spin on it. She has an eye for detail and composition, and her work is known for its emotive quality and technical excellence. She strives to push the boundaries of traditional photography and inspires others to do the same.

" Believe it or not, this is the simplest light setup you could possibly imagine. "

 - Nikki Harrison

Gear Used

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StellaPro Clx10, continous LED light for photography and videography. Perfect for the hybrid shooter.
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StellaPro Clx10 LED light OLED display featuring power and runtime.
StellaPro CLx10 LED light comes with umbrella holder, and it's compatible with Chimera, Profoto and Bowens adapters.
StellaPro CLx10 LED light, battery integrated, no cords.
StellaPro Clx10, continous LED light for photography and videography. Perfect for the hybrid shooter.
StellaPro Clx10 LED light sideways
StellaPro Clx10 LED light OLED display featuring power and runtime.
StellaPro CLx10 LED light comes with umbrella holder, and it's compatible with Chimera, Profoto and Bowens adapters.
StellaPro CLx10 LED light, battery integrated, no cords.

CLx10

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