Now that I’ve got David Hobby’s AFKA process (Ambient, Fill, Key, Accent) as a point of departure, I more confidently experiment with other aspects of my photographs. For example, I wanted the publicity shots for the Ojai Art Center Theater production of Hello Dolly to look olde-timey and contemporary at the same time. I thought I could achieve this paradox through lighting and color manipulation.
For lighting, I tried to emulate a big, north-facing window. The key light is an SB600 flash with a Sto-fen Omni-Bounce and a 60″ shoot-through umbrella. The fill is my SB800 with a Gary Fong Lightsphere, on camera. For accent and background, I used an SB600 with Omni-Bounce and a small shoot-through umbrella. The lighting didn’t always work perfectly, because I couldn’t move the subjects far enough from the background without falling off the stage myself.
The colors are a fairly bold stylistic experiment for me. The play takes play in the 1890s, and I wanted the images to look like something between a hand-tinted black and white photo and a faded color photo. I don’t know whether I nailed that precise effect, but I’m quite happy with the results. And isn’t that where style really comes from?
Would you like to know how I manipulated the colors? And why do I use the Lightsphere for my on-axis fill? Well, if I told you now, what would I blog about next week?