I was giving my Evolve delegates their two day closing session on Monday and Tuesday. When it was decided that a mini shoot with Speedlights would whet the creative appetite. So Blaise, my amazing PA rustled up Lauren our model and on Tuesday afternoon we produced these shots at the Matara in the Cotswolds.
Snow was falling, it was nearly dark outside but the light from one Speedlight was all I used for this interesting portrait.
We used the potted plants as dingle and the Honl gobo strapped to the Speedlight as a close coupled reflector. All of us were shooting completely different images from this session. Both the Nikons and Canons were producing extremely varied results. TTL often struggles to produce consistent results when Speedlights are used as backlights.
The same wall and set up as in the first shot above. Getting the right amount of diffusion to the plant shadows took a bit of tweaking of the light position and Honl gobo fitting. As I only had one gobo with me and we were shooting both Nikon and Canon, I fitted my SB-800 with a Speed Snoot opened out into a cone.
We used a different plant for this twin Speedlight shot taken in an adjacent room. I warmed up the Speedlight with a full CTO gel, set a white balance of 3200K, and the ambient daylight then filled the shadows with blue light.
Hear you can see the location in all it's glory. Two Speedlights with a different configuration were used to key and kick. The shadows tell the story.
This close up was shot from a classic angle that creates feminine pictures. I usually prefer to shoot from below the eyeline but I like a change from time to time.
A striking combo of lighting. I was again plagued with my supposedly non firing 580EX2 in master mode blurting out light. The main key light was another 580 in a Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe and I had rigged a pair of Speedlights as 3/4 kickers.
This is the same kick light set up in colour with a slightly different flash balance used this time. The key light was my Broncolor ring flash.
The Ezybox was used as a key light here and Honl full CTB gels were added to the kickers.
Even the mistakes can look great when you have +3 stops of flash comp dialed into to Speedlights.
Here is my last shot of the session. A hint of flare from the kicker Speedlight on the right adds to the look. We fitted Honl grids to kill the flare in subsequent shots. The Bron ring flash again gives us it's characteristic look.
Please feel free to comment on these ‘try out’ shots. This was Lauren’s first ever shoot and Blaise did the makeup.