Today, another shot in the “Keeping it simple” series.
Relatively simple, anyway:
For this photo, taken during our last Creative Lighting workshop, I could have used large strobes with softboxes and portable lead-acid batteries. Instead, I used two simple speedlites.
- The main light: a Canon 580EX II flash fitted with a Honl Traveller 8 Softbox. Inside that softbox, a half CTO gel.
- The hair light: a Canon 430EX flash with a Honl Photo 1/4″ grid.
- Both flashes on cheap, simple stands.
- Camera on manual/ 1/160th second, f/9, and set to “Flash” white balance.
This is simple and can be reproduced easily and consistently.
I used Pocketwizards and manual settings to fire the lights, because that way I was able to use any flash (even a very cheap one!) and to hand the Pocketwizard to each student in turn to shoot the shot and get consistent results immediately, but I could equally well have used TTL.
The next Creative Lighting workshop in Mono is August 14.