• Bannack Ghost Town: Portraits

      posted in Photography by cleverchristie on June 5, 2019

      Traveling to Montana to visit Bannack Ghost Town with my Digital Imaging class was so much more fun than I thought it would be. I learned a lot about photography and made some new friends along the way.

      One of our assignments was taking portraits. This was the first time I had shot portraits using Auxiliary Light. Not only did I learn how to use added light when taking portraits, but I also learned the many benefits of added light.

      Portraits Using Auxiliary Light

      Following are a few examples of the portraits I was able to shoot using different forms of Auxiliary Light.

      The following portrait was shot using a continuous LED light along with the natural window light:

      LED Continuous Light

      The next photo was taken using a Rouge Speed Light. This was the first time I’d ever used an off-camera flash and learned what it meant to put a flash in SL mode (or Slave Mode).

      Rouge Speed Lights; Reflector

      Below was a photo shot outdoors using a Godax AD200 Strobe Light.

      Godax Strobe Light AD200

      Group Portrait with Auxilary Light

      The following shot was taken using Einstein Strobe Lights. I was shocked at how much adding light can improve photographs and make them look more professional.

      Einstein Strobe Lights; B. Dish

      Before & After Portraits

      Next, I’ll share a couple before and after shots. Both of the photos I am sharing were shot outside in overcast weather.

      This first before and after shot was an experiment with reflected light. First, you will see the photo taken without a reflector around noon on a cloudy day:

      Before: Without Using Gold Reflector

      Next, you will see the photo taken with a gold reflector:

      After: Using Gold Reflector

      So much better, don’t you think?

      The next photo was taken outdoors in the evening. This before shot shows the shot straight-out-of-the-camera with no flash or edits:

      Before: Without Godax Strobe Light AD500

      For the after shot, an AD500 Strobe light was used:

      After: Using Godax With Strobe Light AD500

      It’s a huge difference! This shows the benefits of adding light during a portrait shoot, even when outdoors.

      I learned a lot during this day-long photography excursion. I will most definitely be using added light when I shoot portraits.

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