Lighting a London Asylum – by Rick Friedman

Rick FriedmanRick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers.
Rick writes the weekly blog Tuesday’s Tips and you can follow his work on FB Location Lighting Workshops.

My destination Location Lighting Workshop held at the Societies Photographic Convention, aka SWPP in London resulted in some wonderful images and was an event teeming with an abundant source of gear and creative alternatives.  The workshop was held at the Asylum, at Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham, London.  The Asylum was built between 1827 and 1833, bombed during WWII and semi restored.  This provided an incredible  place to hold a lighting workshop as it afforded us endless possibilities to create moods and scenes depicting a variety of situations.  We had 2 great models and masses of equipment from The Flash Center, Rosco, PocketWizardChimera Lighting and Rogue Flash Benders.

Lighting a London Asylum

The lighting on this image was an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra strobe with a Chimera Strip Light on the right side of the model. On the left side of the model and slightly behind her was another strobe with a Rosco #83 Blue gel. Placed in front of the blue gel was a grid made out of Rosco CineFoil to control the light direction and break up the light beam. The smoke was created using a Rosco Vapour fog machine.

If you back light your smoke, it will have a greater effect. This is true when using a fog machine or when photographing smoke from a cigarette or cigar. This photograph was shot on a Nikon D-800 with a 24-70 Nikon lens at 35mm, 1/100 of a second at f5, ISO 100.

Lighting a London Asylum

Lighting a London Asylum

The photograph below is a mixture of strobe and ambient light. The light on the models face is from a strobe through a Chimera 30″ beauty dish. The light on the left side of the background is ambient light and the colors were from the bright sunlight shining through the stained glass windows about 20 feet above the floor. This was shot on a Nikon D800 with the lens at 24mm, 1/125 of a second, at f 4 ISO 1000.

Lighting a London Asylum

Lighting a London Asylum

Here are a few more images from the Asylum workshop.

Lighting a London Asylum

Lighting a London Asylum

Lighting a London Asylum

At every “Location Lighting Workshop™” we create our “Silly Group Photo” Here is the Asylum image.  Thank you to Canna Gray of Rosco and Ian Pack of The Light Side for all their help during the workshop.

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