01 Oct 2012

Twilight Lighting

Have you seen this image before? It’s

01 Oct 2012

Have you seen this image before? It’s been on the cover of several books, a billboard advertisement in Los Angeles, and published in a variety of magazines and shows up in my slide shows occasionally.


A flash mob of photographers, models, makeup artist, music, red rock and fun at Calico Basin near Las Vegas during a photographers convention. Getting to this location was about 40 minutes from the strip in Vegas as the exact location was near a private home which is now impossible to get to. But we had a blast shooting beautiful models in various settings and as the sun went down the I started shooting with an off camera flash using a Speedlite Transmitter.


The sun was setting and I wanted to find the right location for this shot… I positioned the model at the top of a little mound to compose the background for this amazing outfit, then had my assistant hold the flash at about 105 degrees to my left and started to pose the model to emphasize the features of the outfit and all of a sudden, from nowhere, the wind starts to blow flowing the dress and feathers in the perfect position…


The image is straight out of the camera with no enhancements as twilight was at it’s prime for this image right at sunset and the exposure worked out perfectly with the off camera flash.


EOS 1D Mark II – 28-135mm @56mm – 1/80 sec @ f9 – ISO 400


Model: Karie Laubhan


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  1. Tom Nash-III October 1st, 2012 1:25PM

    Awesome photo Eddie. I think it showed up at the Gig harbor PPW conference – maybe not because you didn’t have to do anything to the photo – where you were sharing with us Photoshop tips. Also like the snapshot of you and Sam Gardner that someone caught of the two of you.

  2. Bob Carlsen October 4th, 2012 5:57AM

    Great shot. My group, Florida Photographers Group, will have a model shoot at twilight using some of the techniques I’ve learned from you. I’m a great fan and view your Photoshop CS4 training CD’s often and always learn something new or forgotten.

  3. eddietapp October 5th, 2012 4:40AM

    Thank you Bob & Tom…