Simone's Kitchen

Nothing to do with food!!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you… this post has nothing to do with food whatsoever, but in case you were wondering what it is that I do on  a regular basis – other then eat – you can read on… 🙂

I just wanted to vent some of my frustrations at certain lighting conditions. I had been planning a photoshoot at a gym a while ago and it’s a gym I know quite well, since I come there a few times a week. But coming there and doing sports or having a photoshoot in one are two entirely different things! The model was a sweet girl, but quite shy, but nevertheless we got some decent photos out of the shoot.

Now the trouble I had here is that there was not a lot of light; in the part of the weights and machines there are no windows, so it’s artificial light only. I had brought my studioflash but I brought only one, thinking that would be sufficient. And to be honest I don’t think it would have helped having more with me (apart from the fact that we would have been terribly in the way of people) but I felt the balance between fore and background was kind of lost. I had to light the model with flash or she would have been either blurred or just not properly lit, but I couldn’t make the background any lighter. I played around endlessly with iso, aperture settings, but all to little or no avail…

The problem is also that I will have to do another photoshoot in the same gym next week with a couple of seniors that I normally do spinning with. Apart from the fact that I think that is gonna be great fun, it also poses even more problems with the lighting… So any suggestions are welcome!

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18 comments

  1. I think the photo on right is exceptional. I too hit the gym very regularly. zumba, boxing, total body workouts. How else could I be around all this food right?

  2. I think the photo on right is exceptional. I too hit the gym very regularly. zumba, boxing, total body workouts. How else could I be around all this food right?

  3. Not a place that sees me often, but you did a great job!!!

  4. Not a place that sees me often, but you did a great job!!!

  5. photo shooting in gym is something new to me.. hmm… i wonder if i bring my camera into gym, will they chase me out from there?
    anyway, you got a good shot thr 🙂

  6. photo shooting in gym is something new to me.. hmm… i wonder if i bring my camera into gym, will they chase me out from there?
    anyway, you got a good shot thr 🙂

  7. Hi Simone, would it help to do rear curtain sync in that case, so you can expose long enough to brighten your background and then pop the flash at the end of the exposure to freeze your model….

    I wouldnt know how to set it up, its something i need to look into my manual for ….but something i wanted to try for long time already.

    still you got some great shots!

    • Hi Marco! No that wouldn’t do the trick in this case I’m afraid. I always shoot with rear curtain sync and I love the effects that you can create with it, but for this particular kind of shoot that just won’t do. It’s for stock photography and they are not wanting images that are too “creative” so those will all be declined…. 🙂
      It’s quite easy to setup so if you need tips on that, just let me know!

  8. Hi Simone, would it help to do rear curtain sync in that case, so you can expose long enough to brighten your background and then pop the flash at the end of the exposure to freeze your model….

    I wouldnt know how to set it up, its something i need to look into my manual for ….but something i wanted to try for long time already.

    still you got some great shots!

    • Hi Marco! No that wouldn’t do the trick in this case I’m afraid. I always shoot with rear curtain sync and I love the effects that you can create with it, but for this particular kind of shoot that just won’t do. It’s for stock photography and they are not wanting images that are too “creative” so those will all be declined…. 🙂
      It’s quite easy to setup so if you need tips on that, just let me know!

  9. Hey Simone, hmmm shame that cant help….btw I’d really love to learn how to change settings so I can get rear curtain sync, if you dont mind………I will also dig out my manual tonight and try and read up in there about it.

    Cheers

  10. Hey Simone, hmmm shame that cant help….btw I’d really love to learn how to change settings so I can get rear curtain sync, if you dont mind………I will also dig out my manual tonight and try and read up in there about it.

    Cheers

  11. Can’t you use strobes in conjunction to your continuous light? Those off camera flashes are small enough you can put them anywhere and then you light up just the back area with it. You can use a light stand or just bungee the flash to some equipment. I’m looking into buying an off camera flash so I can start being more creative.

    • I am using strobes and not continuous lights. I should have brought more then one though. The second shoot went much better, but I didn’t want to block up the fitness room too much as there were still people working out there… 🙂

  12. Can’t you use strobes in conjunction to your continuous light? Those off camera flashes are small enough you can put them anywhere and then you light up just the back area with it. You can use a light stand or just bungee the flash to some equipment. I’m looking into buying an off camera flash so I can start being more creative.

    • I am using strobes and not continuous lights. I should have brought more then one though. The second shoot went much better, but I didn’t want to block up the fitness room too much as there were still people working out there… 🙂

  13. The model is stunning! Wow! I think the photos look great, too!

  14. The model is stunning! Wow! I think the photos look great, too!

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