Ashley Morrison's Blog

January 30, 2015

As easy as 123.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 7:45 am
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They say ‘Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money and Masters talk about light’ – which is in some ways is true; however, I reckon most photographers will actually talk about all three, because each is important to them – as most know, one is only as good as the weakest link.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk a bit about lighting – which is something I’ve spend the last 30 years trying to master, as a photographer – who according to Wikipedia:

A photographer [the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light”] is a person who takes photographs.

Anyway, at this time of year the days are short here in Ireland and it’s not always ideal weather neither, as it often dark & very grey outside – which therefore naturally effects how it looks indoors too. Which was very much the case last week, when we were shooting this 1920’s detached house in Belfast, as you can see here in the 1st frame…
The natural light in the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. which I took to see what the room looked like first, naturally lit.

Then in this 2nd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added a directional light, while Marie starts to tweak a few things in front of the camera.

And in this 3rd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added some fill light… and there you basically have it.

Well almost – as that was really only the start of it, as there was about anther 30 minutes of the girls playing around, before we finally asked Megan to strike the pose here…
Megan Edgar in the sitting room of her 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. by which stage, it had been ‘styled to within an inch of your life’ as Marie would say – but that’s another story for another day smile

So by no means ideal light; however, it was as simple as one…
The natural light in the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. two…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. three…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. and after 30 years of practicing – as well as the odd wee tweak here & there by Marie who also makes it all look so simple to do – we had the next shot of the dining room here…
The dining room in Megan and Bryan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. in the bag.

And so it was throughout this house – 123, 123, 123 next smile

It was just the 4, 5 & 6 parts that slow us down – but nevertheless, what a great house – so just like to say a big thanks to Megan and Bryan here for inviting us in and we will keep you posted once we hear more.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com near Stormont Park in Belfast.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] Which we talked about shooting at the time here: As east as 123. […]
    As featured in the June 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
    Page 135 to 137 in the June 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Megan and Bryan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
    .. on pages 135 to 137.

    Pingback by Out of AFRICA. | Ashley Morrison's Blog — May 8, 2015 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful work, Ashley!! Your work is so inspiring. I love the post. But how and with what, do you add the light? Strobes? Profoto? Umbrellas? Reflectors? It looks like you put light out the window? Would love to hear more about the behind the scenes. I want to learn more!

    Comment by Brian Doherty — February 3, 2015 @ 4:25 am | Reply

    • Yes, I use strobes instead of the larger continues lights that you would see a Film or TV production company use – but otherwise, it’s basically the same set-up, which I talked about and showed here: A lighting challenge.

      Comment by Ashley Morrison — February 3, 2015 @ 8:37 am | Reply


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