I’ve been doing a lot of portraits lately – four in the last several days.
I used two Dynalite Jackrabbit strobes on this one. One off to the right to light up Jack’s face and a second to light up the interior of his woodshop. Because I had only one Pocketwizard transmitter and receiver, I triggered the main light with a sync cord and used the Pocketwizard to trigger the light in the woodshop.
One Dynalight strobe, off to the right, lights up Justin as he sits on the wine barrels. A second strobe, this one a Lumedyne, is tucked between the wine barrels to light up the “JB” lettering on the wine barrel (it was important to see this lettering). I shot this at a slow shutter speed to let the ambient light from the doorway bleed into the photo, illuminating the wine barrels in the background. At the time of the shoot, I thought it was a really good idea to use the ambient to illuminate the background because it made my lighting setup that much simpler. Now, I’m not really sure if using the ambient was such a good idea since that ambient light is a different color (temperature) than the strobe. It did seem like a good idea at the time.
Again, two strobes were used. I used two Canon Speedlites of indeterminate age (6 years old? 7 years old?) and triggered them with Pocketwizards. This is our most portable strobe outfit. It doesn’t have nearly the firepower as the Dynalights or Lumedynes but it’s way more portable (I did this photo on a Friday afternoon and, tired at the end of the workweek I opted for the lighter load of these flashes). For this photo I placed one strobe on the seat of the truck with a second strobe/umbrella combination off to the right to light up the attorney. A slow shutter speed let the ambient light (what little there was) fill in the background. In retrospect, it would have been good to have a third strobe aimed at the subject’s back to separate him from the background. Trouble is, we don’t have a third Speedlite-to-Pocketwizard connector. May have to put that in next month’s budget.
This was a straightforward Herald-Republic photo studio portrait. I wanted the lighting to be super-simple because I wanted to really focus on the two subjects with no distractions. The hardest part was getting the two to loosen up a bit for the photos. To make this image I asked Ben, left, to tell a funny story to Frank.
There’s something I wish I could have done better on each of these photos but I think each one works. Next time I’ll try and do better.