Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Testing one two...check...check

I was testing some flashes in preparation for a shoot tomorrow, and decided that I might as well direct them towards something interesting.  The headphones below are actually lit with three flashes.  If you picture the headphones as the center of a clock, one flash is sitting about 6" away in the six-o'clock position, with two more about 8" away in the four-o'clock and eight-o'clock positions. 

The six-o'clock flash is pointed straight at the headphones.  The other two are angled up and over to light the background and kill the shadows on the wall, and are set at twice the power of the six-o'clock light.  I think when this frame was taken, the flash on the right was getting low on batteries and wasn't firing at full power each time, which is why you see the shadow on the wall to the right.  Lighting the wall also creates separation between the headphones and the wall, bringing a three-dimensionality to the scene.

I wanted to get some really sharp detail, so I closed down my aperture a lot.  This also darkened the room considerably, and allowed me to control the light hitting my subject almost completely with the flashes.  This was not shot in a dark room - the overhead lights were on.  However, with the small aperture, only the flash-light mattered.

Again, if you have any questions about off-camera flash, the definitive resource for newbies is Strobist.  Work through his Lighting 101 and 102 archives and you will be well on your way.

Canon 5D Mark II
105mm - ISO 400
1/250s- f/11

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