Originally posted on April 9, 2013
In the ”Before” photograph, my assistant stood in for Dr. Lanza in a white walled lab. This photograph was shot using just the ambient light.
With a bit of lighting this is what you end up with. Here’s how I did it.
Begin your exposure from the element you cannot control. In this case, it is the available light in the back hood. My camera was set at ISO 200. The light reading from the available light in the back hood was shutter speed 1/5 F10, which became my camera setting. I set up 2 Dynalites: one to illuminate Dr. Lanza’s face, the second with a Rosco blue gel, set up behind the smoke to make it blue. Both Dynalites had grids and grid holders with RoscoTuff spun. I put California Sunbounce Micro Mini reflector just off frame, right side of Dr. Lanza. I placed a speedlight with Rogue grid & yellow gel inside the hood. All the strobes were triggered by Pocket Wizard Plus III
Nikon SB900 Speedlight
Nikon D800 camera
Nikon 17-35 f2.8 lens
Here is how the photograph was used in the published article.