I recommended recently that you might want to add a splash of colour every now and then. So here’s an example.
Our Christmas “tree”, lit with just a bounce flash. The background is exposed properly (I used -1.3 stops exposure compensation in Av mode). But still: kinda bland, no?
So let’s add a dash of colour. A pocketwizard connected to the camera, and one behind the tree connected via a hotshoe cable to a 430EX flash. The flash was on manual at 1/16th power, and on the flash I had a Honl Photo speed strap with a Honl Bright Red gel conveniently velcro’d on. Now we’re talking!
If I had had more cables (I am awaiting a shipment of hotshoe cables…) I would have added a green one as well. But this is already much better thwanwhat I had before.
Oh and just to show what the flash alone would have done: if I disable the bounce flash, here’s what that same shot would look like:
Bit overly dramatic, but add some more light and it has potential!
Here’s the setup:
(Small note: I have, I must admit, found the X-sync to Pocketwizard contact unreliable and I am not entirely sure why: Maybe the connector itself? But the hotshoe contact is flawless.)
And finally. I wanted red and green, but had only one working flash I could drive with a pocketwizard.
Which, after a bit of back and forth with manual exposure, flash compensation, and remote flash power, gives me this:
Or, if you prefer a brighter room, this:
You see how much fun playing with colour and light can be?