Everything You Need To Know About Overpowering The Sun With a Flash
Trevor Sherwin recently traveled to Kenya, and decided to use this opportunity to create some amazing images for his portfolio. Most people who travel to the area tend to focus on the wildlife, but Trevor wanted to focus on something else – people. He wanted to create dramatic portraits of the local tribes in a way that shows both the people and the location. Check out his great video explaining his method of shooting.
Before traveling, Trevor searched online to see what was done before: how other people photographed the tribes. He noticed that in most cases, people shot with just available light or low-powered flash. The results were OK, but not powerful, dramatic or interesting as the images he wanted to create. He knew he will have to bring a powerful flash or a strobe to overpower the bright sunlight.
Example for a portrait taken with just available light. Face is exposed correctly, but the sky is blown out.
Trevor traveled with one battery-powered Photoflex TritonFlash, Large OctoDome Softbox, ND8 3 Stop Neutral Density Filter and Phottix Odin radio Trigger. This is a very light way to travel. Everything can fit in one backpack, and easy to travel with.
The TritonFlash is a very powerful flash that works with a battery pack, which makes it great for location photo shoots. On top of it, it is very powerful and can help you overpower the bright sun light, and create a very even, detailed and dramatic shot. In the video above Trevor Sherwin explains everything about the technical aspects, how he shot it, why he chose the equipment he took with him, and also everything about his retouching and post processing.