As I mentioned in the Chuck the Dump Truck post, I learned the technical skill of how to "overpower the sun" about a year and a half ago...but was yet to actually put it to use. I just didn't feel it was practical for the majority of my subjects (0-5 year-olds who move 90mph and aren't interested in sitting in a particular spot in front of a light source!) BUT I am a believer in knowing as much about your "craft" as possible, so I wanted to take some time to actually practice. Fortunate for me, I have an incredible model at-the-ready with Erin Brennan. I took her acting headshots over 1.5 years ago and was thrilled when she agreed to be my guinea pig. What I learned? WOW. Utilizing external lights to "overpower the sun" is siiiiiiick for the right client. I can definitely see this used for headshots and certainly engagement photos. Maternity photos would be gorgeous in the right setting (field of flowers, anyone???) and a corporate shoot would be amazing. I also think a cake smash session could be really cool and dramatic in a setting like this.
First, here are some of the faves from our session:
I also want to show what these images would have looked like without external light sources. We shot at mid-day, yet because of the way the lighting was utilized, they appear to be shot at dusk/evening. As you'll see in the non-flash images, these are shot in the direct sunlight. There are a dozen reasons I don't typically shoot in the direct sun, but top reasons are demonstrated here with the blown-out colors and strong shadows on the subject's face (not to mention that kids simply squint or just look at the ground in the bright sunlight!).
Needless to say, I love the idea of using this technique for the right situations and look forward to using it more for future clients!
Photo on the LEFT does not use flash and the photo on the RIGHT does.
Below, the photo on the LEFT uses flash and the photo on the RIGHT does not.