Water and Fire

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Probably the most variety in light I’ve posted in a while! Hazy back light, direct sunlight, soft twilight, and light from the fire. Loved every bit of it! More importantly than the light, settings, etc… My heart is behind these and that makes me feel so creatively fulfilled. So dig in, ask me questions if you have them, and enjoy!

Also, this is the first set I’ve posted that’s edited entirely with my new Heck Yeah Presets (Bright Pack). For those of you who have been asking, they’re now available for both LR and ACR. Woohoo!

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Natural Light Editorial // El Mirage Lake // Ben Sasso

Natural Light Editorial // El Mirage Lake // Ben Sasso

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If you know me, you know that soft light is my jam. I'm all about it and I freaking LOVE shooting in it. I always dish out plenty of tips for shooting in, and editing soft light but since I have plenty of hard light images in here, I thought I'd also share the before/after article I shared recently filled with Hard Light Editing Tips (including my exact settings). Hard light is a whole different beast, I hope that article helps some of you tame it!
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    Thank you for your brilliant ideas! I desire to do something like that. Thanks!

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    I love this! What was your inspiration behind the shoot? It has a totally different meaning knowing that it’s centered around fire and water, I’m loving the concept.

    • Thanks Taylor! I’m going to copy/paste an answer because I actually had someone ask me on FB as well. Hope you don’t mind :):

      This shoot is a continuation off of a theme I’ve been shooting over the past year (ish) that represents how I’ve been feeling as I’ve been working my way through a creative rut. I’ve been using deserts to represent that rut (among other things in the shoots) and this set is representative of me finally working my way out of that rut. Finding inspiration and figuring out what I need to do moving forward (represented by the tub of water in the middle of the desert… inspiration in the middle of the rut, and the fire light.. lighting my way forward).

      I actually shot another continuation on this theme even more recently where the model is completely in the water (shot it at a lake) to represent me finally being flooded with inspiration again.

      In short, I’m finally feeling creative again haha!

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    Ben,

    That is wonderful! So nice you still continued to create even when feeling “in a rut” so to speak. Way to Push through, these imaGes are lovely and evoke so mUch emotion each time i look at them. Also just read your most recent post and i’m loving the up close and Beautifully blUrry Imagery!

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    Just want to Send some pOsi vibes, I love your work, ive been following you thru instagram and finally had the chance to visit your website and blog…its pure greatness. I too am a los angeles Based photoGrapher and your work and tips giVes me inspiration.

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    fire and water- such powerful elements. I love the way you see light, emotion and beauty. the desert has always seemed so exotic to me as someone raised in humid junglelands, and i am glad you are finding an oasis of inspiration within it. i was so excited about your presets, and so excited to use the bright pack on the weekend’s oceanside wedding. I’ll have to check out that hard light tutorial too- since we get a lot of that here in the sunshine state. anyways, bravo on this set.

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    Looks rad dude! YOu are quite the teacher! Cheers man!

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