This week's Tuesday Tips is a photograph from my studio. As a photojournalist and corporate photographer, I do the majority shoots on location, although I do use my studio for some assignments. Quite often, I use my studio like my test kitchen exploring new lighting techniques and testing new equipment. All of the light in this photograph was produced using 3 Speedlights and a plant! Ok, I used some other equipment.
My wonderful model for this shoot is Hyunah Jang. A superb photographer, now working in Hawaii.
The main light in this photograph is a Nikon speedlight shot through a Flashbender XL Pro Strip Diffuser. The hairline light another speedlight with a Rogue Grid and a 1/2 CTO orange gel on a boom overhead. For the background we placed a third strobe on the floor behind the screen with a blue gel and fired it through a plant to give us the pattern on the screen. We used a piece of foam core to bounce the light from the Flashbender back on to our model’s face. ISO 125 Fstop 7.1 and Shutterspeed 1/100.
This set up works in a really small space and with the exception of the screen and plant is really portable. The end photograph just does not feel like it was shot in a really small space.
Gear used in this Shoot:
Nikon 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens
Nikon 3 Speedlights
4 PocketWizard Plus III
ExpoImaging Rogue XL Pro Strip Diffuser (main light)
ExpoImaging Rogue Grid with gel (Hairline light)
Rosco Blue gel (background)
Manfrotto Justin Clamp (to hold a form core)