Here’s a picture I just took of my favourite patient model. I used some technique to get that dramatic “Wired” effect:
The way I made this picture:
- Camera: Canon 7D with 50mm f/1.4 lens
- Set to Manual, 1/125th sec, f/8, 100 ISO
- Multi-flash TTL with one on-camera and two off-camera flashes.
- One “A” Flash on the camera (580 EX) as fill flash and “commander”;
- The main lighting was rim lighting: two 430 EX flashes either side of the model, slightly behind, set up as “B” flashes.
- I was using a 1:8 A:B ratio.
- The 430 flashes were each equipped with a Honl 1/4″ grid, to stop their light from hitting the entire room.
- Flash compensation -1 stop to avoid overexposing the rims (this is common when your main flash lights only a small part of the picture).
- And finally, I desaturated the colours in Lightroom: Presence +15, Vibrance -20 and Saturation -40. I also did a version where I desaturated only red and orange, and increased sharpness, which is the usual technique.
Try it yourself, or come to our two-day Light workshop 10+11 April to learn exactly how to do this.