How to use speed lighting to make an outdoor fashion statement. I know what you're thinking. You don't need speed lights to illuminate a garment or fabric outdoors? That's a plausible rebuttal; but it's much more contextual than it is factual. What if you want to light the fabric while simultaneously maintaining most of the visual accuracy of the background elements? Translated: What if you want to shoot with an f/stop of 8.0? I want to frame this proposition as simply as I can. How are you going to shoot f/8.0 without external lighting instruments? I choose to shoot with a deeper aperture because I want to capture the full humanity of my subject. I want to capture every detail of the fabric, ornaments or jewelry. I'll be the first to concede that's a risky proposition for a lot a subjects. I know when you're shooting wide open it tends to obscure a lot of things. I call that an obscure proposition. It does work in some instances. It doesn't work as well when it's critical that every detail of the clothing, jewelry or accessories be completely visible. My personal preference is for items in the image to be seen. My art has always focused on details versus shallow depth of field. There's nothing artistically wrong with shallow depth of field. There's something wrong if you believe that it works in every instance. The depth of field in this image allows you to intimately perceive her eyelashes. You can fully appreciate her eyeshadow. I shoot with a combination of speed lights because it's the only way I can shoot f/8.0 in virtually any situation. It's the only way I can remain true to my artistic vision. In the end; isn't that what passion is all about (being true to yourself)? This series is brought to you courtesy of @ThePortraitCulture Ladies & Gentlemen, please stand to your feet and give a shameless ovation for @melissaschroeter all the way from Seattle, WA.
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