Today, we were on location doing a shoot in the middle of the day. Now, quite often when you do a shoot in public and in the middle of the day you get a few people watching what is going on or asking the odd question. Well, we got photo bombed … by a cat! This wasn’t just any cat, it was Garfield – same colour and exactly the same face (quite scary looking really) and he/she really wanted to be in the pictures and the centre of attention. So here is a shot of the Garfield 🙂
So, how did we achieve this look on a bright day? By using ND (Neutral Density) filters. What an ND filter does is to restrict the amount of light entering the lens and falling in the sensor. This, in effect, allows me to make the scene dark. Now, I know I could also achieve this by upping the shutter speed or using a higher f stop, but I also wanted to use a studio light which meant that the max shutter speed I could have was 250, and I also wanted to use a low-ish f stop. So, by using the ND filter I could keep the settings I wanted and use the studio light to make the model ‘pop’ in the scene and be perfectly exposed, giving the desired result.