Lighting Science

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


Equipement Used:
Dynalite MP-800 power pack with 2  Dynalite heads with grids (& grid holders)
Rogue Grid with yellow gel
Rosco Blue gel
Pocket Wizard Plus III
California Sunbounce micro mini reflector

Nikon SB900 Speedlight
Nikon D800 camera

Nikon 17-35 f2.8 lens

Here is how the photograph was used in the published article.