In this session I approach Roberta Headshots and the final result is a bit different than my studio setup. A great deal of my headshots are taken in studio. With that being said, it is a bit easier to control the overall look and lighting on my subject. Some may argue that it is more difficult, but I am beyond comfortable with various studio lighting setups. The problem is that when you have an on-location shoot like we did for this, you have to consider your area very carefully.
What about the area?
Well, let’s think about it. What is the most unpredictable thing about being outside? The weather. Noone truly knows what you’re going to get, so in instances of on-location shoots you have to think on your feet. Roberta’s brief needed her in a peaceful setting because of her profession. Her image will need to bring a sense of comfort to her clients as she is a therapist in the wholistic sphere. I like to pack a battery powered strobe with me in these scenarios so that I can control my lighting on my subject. This particular day was sunny off and on, mostly overcast, but often times with the sun peaking out. Overcast is light the sky’s biggest softbox so it’s great, but when the sun peaks out, you will have a problem to solve.
What’s the problem?
Well, sun can be very harsh. You have to make sure it is even and not casting unwanted shadows, if any at all. When the sun casts shadows, you will have to consider fall off and location of the light source. This day the sun was moving light through the clouds in not so intuitive ways. I chose to dial the ambient out for the Roberta Headshots and rely on my strobe only. This helped create the perfect scenario to manipulate light in the way I would in studio, but with one source only. This was the end result.