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lighting suggestions for horse and rider portraits


Washington, US
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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007
Fri 03-Jul-09 01:09 AM

Venue: Outside, overlooking farm or possibly on a polo field

Time and natural light: either just after sunrise or before sunset; some color in sky, or at least some illumination in the sky. The area the subjects will be will be twilight or almost dark.

Subjects: Palomino polo pony with Palomino filly. A rider in polo attire will be astride the pony. My idea is to have the pony and filly facing each other almost nose to nose.

Lighting: Three SB-800 strobes, one SB-600; one softbox, two 30 inch reflectors; gold and or bronze.

Scene dimensions: estimated at 20-25 feet wide.

Will I need a larger reflector? Maybe a rectangular frame? I don't want to illuminate the whole scene. I'd like to have a gold or bronze light on the scene; a bounce light off reflectors will spread the light out more, right? Or should I have the strobes directed toward the scene with gold cards (or whatever those colored things are called)?

Or should I use two or three of these:


No need to bounce the light with that lightbox, right? Or is there still a need to bounce the light?

Any other ideas?