A friend hooked me up with a large umbrella to soften up the light on my flash. I chose a larger size not realizing how much it is to handle when you’re outside and the wind is hitting you or even fitting this in doors. I really should start bringing assistants out or perhaps an extra 40 lbs worth of sandbags could do the trick, this could be a serious workout all by myself.
This time around @genkidenki hung out while I played around with the settings. The buildings added a bit of pizzazz to the image with all the colors they had to offer.
A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights. I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you. We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started. We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in. There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand. Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach. The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.
Nikon D750 with a black backdrop
Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls
Met up with Kitten on a beach without really thinking of what the area would have for lighting at night. It turned out to be pitch black and pretty damn creepy. Luckily we didn’t run into anything and I had my flash. In really dark spots like this, it helps to have a flash light so your camera can focus a lot easier. Using an off camera speedlite is still a bit foreign to me if the light is heading straight for the subject. It took a while to find a groove with the flash and where to set it, I’m really trying to focus on speeding up how long this adjustment period takes. Due to the sketchy feels and pitch black scenes, I liked the hard shadows coming across everything.
Once in a while there will the stars will align and a random conversation will lead to a shoot that I didn’t expect to accomplish anytime soon. more “Insert Clever Pun About Sexy Cat Ladies Here”