And today, some more off-camera flash, using images I made earlier today as an example.
Simple means (a camera, a couple of speedlights, a light stand or two – all affordable, light, and simple) and some knowledge is all you need for this:
In fact I used just one (off-camera, modified) speedlight for that shot.
And for this one, just two:
One was behind the elevator as you can see – aiming at us. It was fitted with a Honl Photo 1/4″ grid. The other flash, on our left, was fitted with a Honl photo snoot. That’s all – very simple, and with great results. Here’s another version:
What do those images show?
- That you can use direct, unsoftened flash – as long as it is off camera.
- That it is more about not lighting – that’s where it starts.
- That shadows are cool.
- That prime lenses are good.
- And no filters, or the back light will cause unacceptable flare and lens artefacts.
If you wish to see more, head for my tumblr site (those are nudes).
Sometimes I use more lights, as in here: two speedlights with umbrellas, one with a snoot, and one with a grid and a gel:
Which can lead to images like this:
All these shots can be made using very simple means. And that is my point here today: off-camera flash can be very simple indeed, and can lead to great results.