It always gives me enormous pleasure to see that this blog is being read. I mean really read, by real people, who put just about as much time into reading it as I put into writing it.
And so it was tonight, with a long-time reader, and new friend, Tim. So I used the opportunity to snap him:
That was “400-40-4” (see ARTICLES above) and an on-camera flash bounced on the ceiling on the left, slightly behind me.
But then I thought: let’s pull out the stops and shoot Tim with an off camera flash and the “studio settings” of 1/125 sec, 100/200 ISO, f/8, to make ambient light disappear:
A little post was done to darken the background more, because flash spilled onto it, but it’s essentially SOOC—”Straight Out Of Camera”.
But then I showed Tim what happens when you use a grid on the flash. No light spill everywhere, like in the previous shot. So now the black background is really black:
That’s why the grid is my favourite flash utility. I used a 1/4″ Honl photo grid; I love the Honl accessories (and as you will recall, readers — and that means you — get an extra 10% off by using this link and discount code “Willems”). And want to shoot like me? Then get the Speedlighter–approved Master Lighting Kit. It contains all the accessories I use daily in one convenient—and discounted—package.
And let’s finish with…
And now I am so tired I must sleep. Good night!