Tuesday's Tips: Lighting Politics

I had an assignment to cover former Senator Scott Brown's announcement that he is a candidate for Senate from New Hampshire.  Normally at a major political announcement, the campaign would set up lights for TV and stills.  Not in this case.  The announcement took place at a large conference room with a low ceiling in Portsmouth, NH.   If you have ever photographed at any conference rooms in hotels, you would know the ambient light in the room has yellow-green tint.  The announcement was set late evening, so no day light was coming in from the window.   I had a few options on covering the event:  1) bring the ISO way up and shoot available light,  2) shot strobe on camera (which I did, when he worked the crowd) or 3) add a good portable strobe, run it off a battery and shoot at very low ISO, which will give me very good quality.  I went with #3 during his speech.

I set up a Dynalite Uni portable strobe, powered by a Jackrabbit battery on the right side of the stage, triggered by a PocketWizard Plus III.  The strobe is 320 WS running off the battery on 1/2 power giving a recycle time of about 1 second.

Here are the results.

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 200  F6.3 and 1/80 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 70-200.  (shot at 100)

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 200  F6.3 and 1/80 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 70-200.  (shot at 100)

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 320  F5 and 1/100 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 17-35.  (shot at 17)

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 320  F5 and 1/100 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 17-35.  (shot at 17)

Here is another one, after the announcement.  This photograph was shot with a speed light on camera.
 

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 400  F5.6 and 1/25 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 17-35.  (shot at 24)

Shot with Nikon D800.  ISO 400  F5.6 and 1/25 shutter speed. Nikon Lens 17-35.  (shot at 24)

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