New subject today, someone I haven’t shot before, and a look at how to make the light softer without lugging around a few bags of lighting equipment. It won’t take very long so keep reading.
This is the final post related to our trip to my dad’s place and this time the
victim model was his wife. I wanted to shoot something low key but I didn’t want to shoot it indoors since there will always be some light bouncing around on walls etc. (unless you have a very big room). After the shots of dad and his car the darkness was starting to set in and under the cover of some trees things got sufficiently dark for my liking, just set the exposure to kill the ambient and we’re ready to go.
This was, again, a bit of a test to see what the most portable solutions in my kit can do. The main player is the Lastolite trigrip, used in a shoot through fashion; let me tell you, I love this modifier already, so versatile, so portable, definitely worth your money if you’re itching for new stuff. The trigrip in itself can provide soft light, however, I wanted to soften the light even further. To that end I also attached a Lumiquest Softbox III to the flash (LP160). This little softbox is always in my camera bag and what it does here is to provide me with two layers of diffusion, making for a softer light with less hotspots.
It’s a rather simple portrait but I think it goes to prove that you can get a soft light without bringing a big octabox and studio lights. Granted, it’s not as soft but still, for a setup you can travel with on your own it’s a very respectable performance. Just make sure you have an assistant to hold everything for you, otherwise you’ll need a couple of stands as well. By the way, do you like the black and white or colour version better? I’m leaning towards the black and white but without the red scarf I might have gone the other way. Really should learn to be more aware of what my subjects are wearing.
As promised we’ll keep it short and sweet today. If you haven’t voted on the poll yet, do so now, it will help me know what I should focus on to improve the blog. The results so far seem to indicate a mix of reasons that makes people come back, so maybe I should just keep doing what I’m doing. Now I have to get back to work, what joy.