I am in the privileged position of being commissioned to write a product review of the Nikon D90 for Warehouse Express. As part of my testing of this new camera, I shot a studio session under arduous conditions to put the camera through it’s paces. My full review will be available on the Warehouse Express site soon but for now here are some pictures for you to enjoy. Click on the pictures to link to the full resolution jpegs if you wish.
This above picture is my favourite of the the day. It’s like an oil painting. I lit Rada with two Broncolor Pulso heads fitted with medium honeycomb grids. One light was above and to the left of camera and the other was above and behind the background roll looking back towards the camera. I used a third Pulso with a tight honeycomb grid to light the background. The Nikon D90 was easy to use. I’m fairly well acquainted with almost all DSLR’s but this was a first use of this camera for me. All the buttons were in the right places and I found switching between extreme settings easy to do.
I was not alone at this session. I was giving a studio lighting masterclass to 8 delegates. They all wanted to be able to produce studio images that departed from the usual high key set ups. I provided two fabulous models, a make up and hair artist and we worked in two groups throughout the session.
My next set up for the class was a full length shot. I brought the backlight that was behind the background roll over to the right of camera to provide a kick. The key light went further left and all three lights in the set remained hard. Not a soft box in sight!
Now the camera testing really got underway. I set the ISO to 1600 and the shutter speed down to 1/8th to create some movement pictures with soul. The noise in the files will be evident no matter what the shutter speed is and with such a high amount of low light detail present in these images this was a make or break moment for the D90 sensor. – It passed with flying colours.
Still at ISO 1600 and 1/8th of a second I captured this seemingly thoughtful moment.
Now it’s time for Cassie to star on the second set. I use a big studio for the sessions so that we can have two identical set ups running simultaneously. Broncolor have been a great support to me and provided two highly experienced photographers to help rig and change the set ups as required. We used four Verso packs, six heads, a strip light and two of the fabulous Mobil kits.
Next it was time to add some colour in the form of coloured gels. I lit the background of this next image with two Pulso heads fitted with gels, one from each side.
By now, we had a soft box rigged so I showed the group how to shoot directly into the light to create silhouette pictures. The picture below was taken without flash. The whole set of pictures with extensive exif data will be made available to my delegates when Luke has finished editing them.
If you like these images and you want to have the lighting techniques used to create them as part of your repertoire then book yourself a place on my next Studio Lighting Workshop. You will be liberated, inspired and you will have an instantly refreshed portfolio.