January 2013 Insight

January 8, 2013

By RF Staff

It was George Eastman who once said, “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” For our lighting issue, we take things one step further by highlighting various lighting techniques, tools and setups that some photographers are using to make their images even more impactful. Take, for example, the work of Sarah Silver and Chris Garrison, each of whom use light and shutter speeds differently to capture motion (“Pushing the Limits of Light and Speed,”). Then there’s Chuck Arlund, known for his expertly-lit portraiture of seniors, brides and musicians, who demystifies the lighting process for WPPI attendees, and now us as well, through his instructional sketches. RF writer Jim Cornfield takes us through the steps of various one-light portraits, while wedding photographer Moshe Zusman, another WPPI speaker, shows us how he brings consistent lighting to dark reception venues, and much more. As I write this, we look forward to 2013, to the upcoming WPPI show and conference (March 7-14), and to working with new director Jason Groupp. It’s going to be a great year! 

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Chuck Arlund

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length: 50mm

Exposure: 1/200 @ f /6.3

ISO: 100

Location:  Side of road in Overland Park, Kansas

Comments: I was shooting photos of my kids for Christmas cards this year, which serve as a great marketing tool for clients. The sun was setting and it was getting cold. At the edge of our neighborhood, there’s an empty field with a small ridge next to a sidewalk. I pulled the car over and got the kids out. The baby was upset, so I left her in the car while I set up my lights. I had my other kids, Lachlann, 7, and Olivia, 4, stand for me as I got a reading. I put up one Alien Bee 800 with a diffused beauty dish just above and slightly to the left of my camera. I metered the sunlight hitting the kids from the side, and got my power level for light to be a 1/2 stop less than what the sun was at. I took two test shots and saw that my light was still a bit bright. I used a RadioPopper Jr on my camera to turn down the light and started shooting. I took eight shots total before we got the baby out and tried to get a shot with her. She never did get happy!