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[1/5] Fitting the Steam Engine | by Richard Upshur
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[1/5] Fitting the Steam Engine

The Steam Effect is an amateur web exhibition I worked on with several friends. A new image will follow every two days. When the presentation is complete, we'll update the website with additional information, including: bios of the cast and crew, director's notes, and how we created the images.


In this image, we wanted to use the ambient light and the strobes to help blend the cast into the environmental HDR shots.


Strobist: The primary ambient light source was a row of windows behind the characters, which acted as reasonable hair and edge lighting. A beauty dish provided the main light for Thadd and Shawn. Two reflective umbrellas helped to amplify the edge lighting effect of the widows. The umbrellas were positioned at 45 degree angles left and right of the camera, and slightly behind the models. Shawn and Thadd were shot together and then stepped out of the frame. The lighting for the remainder of the cast was extremely simple: A single reflective umbrella from the right, pointed down at a 45 degree angle. Each cast member was shot separately, so we moved the umbrella around to light each one for each shot. All strobes were triggered wirelessly.

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Taken on July 31, 2010