I had an assignment recently to photograph The Finally Light Bulb Company for the New York Times. The Finally Light Bulb Company came up with a completely new design for a light bulb. I thought this would be a great topic to discuss in my lighting blog.
This photograph was created using two Nikon Speedlights; one Speedlight on camera and one Speedlight off camera inside the green sphere. The strobe on camera, bounced off the ceiling, was used to illuminate the outside of the sphere. The other strobe was placed to illuminate the inside the sphere, turned up one stop, and pull the viewers eye toward the lightbulb.
Using the meter in the camera, I set the exposure for the ambient light from the light bulb, which is the focal point of the photograph. I used my Nikon 16mm fisheye lens and positioned myself for and upshot from a low angle. Had I just shot this perspective with ambient light, the lightbulb and scientist would not have stood out. Sculpting with light within your composition means that you control your viewers perspective and create specific emotions that make your photograph memorable. This is why it is so important to recognize your existing light source, and learn to manipulate with additional light.
I used the Nikon Creative Lighting System (master-remote) to fire the Speedlight on camera, set as the master. The other Speedlight, inside the sphere was set on slave mode, and mounted with a Manfrotto Superclamp inside the sphere as illustrated below: