When it comes to developing one’s personal photographic style, improving one’s skills, and avoiding stagnation . . . there are times when one needs to ignore common theories and try something different: Using unusual camera settings, pointing one’s monolight to the floor, moving the light around bit by bit, and take some test shoots. And, what d’ya know, the images I shot a few minutes ago are closer to my personal “dream images”.
- Shot using Canon EOS 5DS.
- Manual Exposure. 100 ISO, 1/200 sec @ f/22
- External Manual Flash (Profoto B1)
- Canon Picture Style (in-camera setting adjustment):
- Sharpness: Strength +5, Fineness +3, Threshold +4
- Contrast +1, Saturation +3, Color tone: -3
Lightroom does not recognize / unable to import the in-camera setting adjustment and turn the images into blander, duller, and green-tinged versions of themselves. (Instead of the dark yet vibrant images I captured in-camera).
Using Canon DPP 4, I converted the RAW files to TIFF. (I shot a little less than a hundred photos, and this process alone took approximately an hour). Then, I imported the TIFF files to Lightroom because I find Lightroom easier to navigate. (e.g. Canon DPP requires you to open each image in a separate window. You can’t click an arrow button to view the next/previous photo). Lastly, I resized, labelled, and saved the photos in Photoshop.
The amount of time and the steps I needed to do to make sure the photos look exactly they way they look on the back of the camera is just ridiculous. I might need to start shooting this type of images in jpeg instead . . .
- Canon EOS 5DS Digital SLR
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB CompactFlash Memory Card UDMA 7 Speed Up To 160MB/s
- Hoya HMC Multi Coated Ultraviolet Glass Filter
- Avenger A2033FKIT Steel 40-Inch C-Stand with Grip Kit (Chrome)
- Profoto B1 500 AirTTL
- Profoto Air Remote TTL-C
- Profoto Li-Ion Battery for B1
- Profoto Battery Charger 4.5A for B1