Hi and welcome back.
First a workshop announcement:
I’m running my “One Speedlight, 16 Looks” workshop in my studio on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 12-5 pm.
Where: Studio, 233 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT
Professional model supplied.
We’ll shoot 16 different lighting looks with just one speedlight and a few simple modifiers. Come and join the fun!
My companion book is available from Blurb: One Speedlight, 16 Looks
You can email or call for details: 203-641-2880
Now on to the post!
Today we are going to look at working outside. I love to get outside with small flashes as you can do so much and have total mobility.
Because speedlights don’t have the power of a strobe it’s best to move your subject into the shade and take your exposure from there. You have to play, or chimp, if you are not using a hand held meter, but go for it!
Here, in the BTS shot, I’m working in Boston alongside an abandoned building. In the background, you can see that it’s a bright sunny afternoon, but by moving into the shade I can get a good exposure:
- Manfrotto 1052 BAC Lightstand
- Nikon SB910, SD9 Battery Pack
- Pocket Wizard Plus III
- Westcott Rapid Box
The light out of the Rapid Box is just amazing. You can use it as a beauty dish or place the diffusion sock over it for a diffused softbox. The light is creamy and soft and just perfect.
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/5, ISO 200, WB Daylight
Flash was set to Manual Mode @ 1/2 Power. I don’t use TTL a great deal and normally stick with manual mode to get consistent power output.
Here’s a final:
Shooting outdoors is fun and you can do a lot in a short amount of time, especially with the mobility of speedlights.
That’s it for now. Maybe I’ll meet you at my workshop! Till then, get outside and shoot!