Today some new images from Christianne, shot during the Advanced III workshop last weekend.

Although a large part of the workshop is about flash I always tell my students to NEVER forget to also shoot some natural light shots, the fun thing is that often they love that part even more than working with strobes…. for a lot of photographers shooting with natural light is something that is often “overshadowed” by the feeling to need to shoot with strobes…. hey we paid for it so we have to use it, right ?

Now don’t get me wrong, personally I love both natural light and strobes and I’m always mixing them up during my shoots, I strongly believe it’s a bit of a shame when you don’t mix them up when you’re shooting strobes, so next time you’re on location with strobes, remember to also shoot some without.

Β When shooting on location it’s always nice to find something that will reflect, you can use this for light reflections or as in this case the model herself.

One small tip that sounds really weird, but it does work…. sometimes it happens that an image is not 100% sharp, but you still love it….. well don’t tell anyone else but if you convert this to B&W and add some real nice grain you can probably get away with it πŸ˜€

Now when shooting on location (or in the studio) adding some small props can lift an image from boring to interesting, so always try to bring something with you, in this case we used the balloons from the shoot the day before, so we already had them available.

And one final shot where we mixed one strobe with the lightbulbs.

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  • Great shots, Frank! I was just wondering about image 3, with the reflection. In the reflection, on the forehead you see some dark stripes that resemble shade. Yet, the models forehead is nicely lit. What happened there?

    Love the balloons btw, great prop πŸ˜€

  • I do greatly enjoy following your work Frank. Your enthusiasm is very motivating. Love the photos and especially the first two. My favorite way of shooting is with just a camera and no additional lighting. I like to find the light πŸ™‚ For that matter I would just shoot film most of the time if it were not for the client demands of turnaround time. Anyway Thank You!

  • Marc Ilford

    hehehe, so I’m not the only one using that B&W grain trick πŸ™‚
    Love the last one of this series. Killer shot!

    • thanks, and yes that B&W tricks always works πŸ˜€

  • Mehdi Adlany

    The last photo had me jawdropped :O perfect lighting and composition. You’re unique, Frank πŸ˜€