As photographers, our goal is to simplify.
Boil down what we see in any scene inside our viewfinder to highlight and emphasize our most important element, our subject.
Backgrounds are often the most overlooked element in pictures.
Even seasoned photographers forget this especially when rushed.
My recent visit to a graffiti-filled abandoned building to photograph Cassie is a good example to illustrate this.
Graffiti is extremely distracting because humans are conditioned to want to read whatever is written often to the point, the graffiti will overshadows our models, no matter how gorgeous they may be. 😉
Upon our arrival, around 4 pm, the sun was still high.
I opted to ‘warm up’ indoors so we started inside the building.
The interior of the building is quite dark despite there being several windows and doorways.
I set up my Softlighter umbrella but without the diffusion fabric because I needed more power output to conserve battery power since we were on location.
The 72″ umbrella is unyielding outdoors because a slight sudden gust of wind and my whole light stand assembly would wind up on the ground.
I had help with me so I felt comfortable using it.
The Softlighter umbrella has a silvered interior and I attached it to my White Lightning XL800 strobe which I powered with Paul C Buff’s Minibattery.
If this location seems familiar, I’ve photographed Stephanie at this abandoned building before.
Next: Moving outdoors