The Studio and the sheep pasture

Do you usually like to shoot outdoors or indoors? I’ve definitely fallen in love with both.  My first shot with Sarah Kate was at 2:45PM on a Monday afternoon, which gave us plenty of time, and light, to try a bit of both studio and on-location.  The last shot was taken just as the sun set at 6:30PM….

These are the results of four hours of shooting, exploring, and sheep herding with Sarah.

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The Studio

My studio setup is simple, the back wall is solid and seamless, made of simple cork-board bent into shape and nailed to the wall and floor.  Since it’s a solid wall models can lean against it, unlike paper backdrops.

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Can you spot the lighting modifier I used?

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To create this shot  I had Sarah toss the scarf above her head and bring her hands back down as quickly as possible, it took a handful of tries to get the scarf, expression and arms to all be elegantly placed within the frame and timed just right.  Since we were shooting with studio strobes we had one-click for each toss.

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Selective desaturation in Lightroom using the “HSL Panel”

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Effect created using “Split Toning Panel” in Lightroom
PRO TIP: A seamless wall is called a cyclorama or a ‘cyc wall’ and is a must for in-studio full body shots. Before I had a custom studio wall built I started with a seamless paper stand which gives a similar effect.

The location: a sheep Pasture

All natural light, we shot into the golden hour just before sunset. Only down-side is we needed to call a tow-truck to get out of a small drainage ditch I accidentally drove into on the side of the road.  Thanks to the benefits of my American Express Gold Business Card we didn’t have to pay for the tow.

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Photographer Jake Garn shoots in the Northern Utah area and is available for private commissions locally and anywhere with an airport.  To book your very own indoor/outdoor shoot visit www.jakegarn.com/contact