"Fall Beauty All Around"
©David A. Ziser
Here is another image captured during my Master Class a few weeks ago. The lesson was to show how we could use a long lens and wide aperture to make the trees in the background still look good even though they had dropped many of their leaves. The larger aperture worked well to give me the result I was looking for.
The other challenge when shooting outdoors is being able to use a shutter speed that let’s you use the wider aperture. Even at ISI 200, I was pushing it, just a bit, to get close to the camera’s native sync speed of 1/250 second. By cheating the sync and shooting at 1/320 second, I was still able to obtain the directional light on my subject that I wanted. Underexposing the ambient light gave me the beautiful, structured lighting on her face that I most often strive for in my images.
The rest was easy. I had the bride strike an easy “hand on the hip” pose and shot away. Lighting was from my strobe camera right - going direct - NOT through the Zumbrella. I used this technique because of the higher amount of ambient light and I needed the additional amount of light from my strobe.
Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 70-200mm IS lens at 200mm, F4.0 @ 1/320 second, ISO 200. Enjoy! -David