Two weeks ago we did a casual shooting in Grant Park and surroundings. Just one camera – no other gear. We walked around the area quite a bit and shot against various backgrounds and settings. I loved the more dynamic style of this type of shooting.
I like the trade of gear with flexibility. You depend more on the “goodwill” of natural light on the one hand but you can walk around and spontaneously shoot at various locations on the other hand. The weather is still somewhat sub-optimal with lots of overcast days. While this is a downer for the mood it is very good for shooting without additional lights. Think of the clouds as a HUGE soft-box. Spot meter against the face/skin, add 0.3EV to 0.7EV to make the skin look natural and you are in the game – do not forget to adjust the white balance to get the right skin color.
It is a bit like mixing street photography with editorial stuff: still somewhat planned but with lots of unpredictable elements.
The setup. Street photography + editorial. Casual shooting.
The location. Grant Park neighborhood. We more or less shots in the whole neighborhood around Oakland Cemetery.
Camera: Olympus OM-D
Exposure: f/2.8 – 5.6, 1/100 – 1/500, ISO 200
Lens: Olympus 75mm f/1.8
Lighting. Natural light only.