Daytime Flash

24, August, 2016

At one of my recent Architectural Workshops we had a gloriously hot and sunny day. I had promised to demonstrate the benefits of using a Profoto B1and Camranger together. When I suggested that we would use the combination out for an exterior shot there were some puzzled looking delegates. Flash outside? But it's Sunny!! Depending on where the sun lies in relation to the building, it may, as in this case below, be that the building is in shadow. Ideally we could have shot the building earlier in the day when the sun was in front of the building, but behind the camera. Unfortunately perfect shooting times and weather conditions aren't always possible. So a solution is to light the shadows with light to bring the building to life.

Below are a before and after shot from the workshop. The top image shows the Clubhouse at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire, where the course was held, taken with just available light. This would be the type of shot many of us would take, and many a happy customer we would have. The bottom picture was taken using the B1 to light the exterior of the building and lift it out of the shadows. Light was used to light the leaves above the camera, the tree trunk and bush to the left of the building, as well the clubhouse itself.

Hopefully you will agree that the extra 5 minutes it took to light the building has made a considerable difference to the final shot.

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