Happy first night of Chanukah! The Festival of Lights. For this week's Tuesday's Tips I thought I should light the lights. Since it 's the first night, I lit the menorah with 1 speedlight.
I shot this photograph in my studio in Boston's South End using a single Nikon Speedlight shot through a Rogue Grid with a blue gel. I put a Rogue Flashbender on one side of the grid to further narrow the beam of light from the Speedlight giving me drop off on the light in the foreground.
This photo is a mixture of available light and strobe, when deciding on exposure for a photograph I always start my exposure with the element I can not control. In this photograph that element is the light from the candle. I used the camera's light meter, set on spot meter to read the light from the candle. Below you can see what the image looked like with no strobe and with strobe, without the blue gel.
The last part of the setup was moving the menorah so I had reflections in the base.
The photograph was shot with a Nikon D-800 and a Nikon 105 Macro lens, Rogue grid set, Rogue flash bender, Pocket Wizard TT5 & TT1. The menorah was on a black velvet backdrop. The velvet did not reflect any light, giving me the total black background.
Shalom, May Peace be with everyone this holiday season!
January 14-18, 2015
The Societies Photographic Convention. London, UK
February 7, 2015
Hunts Photo, Portland, Maine
Stonybrook Camera Club Evening Lecture
Horizon Photography Summit Wilmington, DL
Can-Am Photo Festival Amherst, NY