Adobe’s Creative Voices:

I have always loved the lighting that comes out of hollywood movies – It’s amazing to see how every character is always perfectly lit regardless of the circumstances in which they happen to be and that’s something I consistently strive for when lighting up my sets.

Gear Selection:

Vistek was kind enough to sponsor me the gear that I would be using for this shoot. I chose a set of battery powered Elinchrom Ranger Quadras which have the best power/weight ratio on the market – capable of delivering 400 watts of power each at my disposal. The slower S heads were selected so that I would be able to hypersync with my PocketWizards in the event that the sun was too bright.

As for light modifiers, I simply selected a Beauty Dish for a slightly larger directional light, Deep Octa for a focused octobox, and a pair of softboxes great for side lighting.

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Planning the light:

I like using multiple tools: SunSeeker on location to understand the lay of the land and select the angle at which I’ll be shooting and the free SunCalc to simply remind myself when I’m at a computer and want to get a better idea of how it looks overall.

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Planning:

From there, I use a nifty little program called Paper to sketch out doodles on my iPad. Despite the fact that I have absolutely no drawing skills whatsoever, the application + a nifty little pen called “Jot Pro” makes for some very comprehensive doodles.

If you don’t do this yet, taking a couple minutes to brief your team before a shoot will make the setup go significantly faster.

Badlands

Bluff

Shoot Day:

Finally once all the pieces are placed, there’s nothing left to do but to adapt to whatever situation comes up. There are always going to uncontrollable factors – in our case, wind, clouds and a chance of rain.

But with the right combination of planning and experience… it makes things easy 🙂

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Check out some before and after’s in last week’s video by Neil Austen at Fly Home Freedom:

Last week: Preproduction with Adobe

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  • Tyler

    “Despite the fact that I have absolutely no drawing skills whatsoever…”

    Ben, if you have no drawing skills whatsoever, my level of drawing skill must be negative! My sketches are literally stick figures and bad ones at that!

  • RT

    I guess it’s to demonstrate the Adobe product but if a bloke with a physique like that needs the nip/tuck you see in the shot of him kneeling the rest of us guys are in trouble!

    • haha XD We didn’t have time to perfect the pose unfortunately. It was too cold so we did what we could 🙂

  • ShawnDWalker

    I like using multiple tools: SunSeeker on location to understand the lay of the land and select the angle at which I’ll be shooting and the free SunCalc to simply remind myself when I’m at a computer and want to get a better idea of how it looks overall. http://num.to/904.970.893.852