Shooting Chloe in sunny Bristol was a delight for my second ever Canon Speedlight Mastery workshop. This shot was lit with sunlight as a key and a pair of 580EX2s as backlights. The next shot shows the complete set up.
With CTO gels by Honl on the Speedlights and the white balance set to 3400k we had some fun with this sunlit graphic at the Bristol waterfront.
Punchy shots were the order of the day. Although it is important not to fill your shots with black holes. We strive to ensure there is some detail is in the shadows no matter what.
Diverse images and picture styles emerged from the same lighting position.
Once you have a strong colour in the file it is easy to shift it to whatever you want. Marko chose red for this frame.
My secret location featured on this workshop too. Here Chloe's keylight was from a 580 EX2 Speedlight on a Flex TT5 in a Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe with a tilt head spigot on an Arri stand. The backlight was from a bare faced 580EX2 on a stand. I love to keep things simple at times.
This is the first frame taken without flash to show the set up.
This is the setup with one Speedlight in an Ezybox
And here it is with 3 Speedlights. Two more Speedlights were rigged out of shot and triggered with Pocket Wizard TTL units to act as back lights. Chloe's jeans tell the whole story. I build the shots light by light to ensure each delegate has the knowledge needed to recreate the lighting designs in their own locations.
Marko decided to work on the monochrome version of this shot to bring it to life.
This two light shot was one of the easiest rigs of the day but makes an exciting picture.
I then showed how to integrate daylight into the mix and to really work the image style in a rigged shoot location. This is one of my favourite shots of the day and it was taken in the same light as the shot above.
Next it was time for the Orbis. I'm really getting to like the quality of light I can get from this neat little unit.
I love the scope to shoot art the Orbis gives. I'm used to using the Broncolor ringflash and I must say it gives a crisper look to skin because the Orbis is somewhat diffused however you can get 90% of the effect with just £160 ish - fantastic.
The Orbis again and the amazing Chloe. What a winning combination.
No Bristol shoot would be complete without a play around on the life size toy trains. Honl filters were at it again for this shot.
I finished the day with the Orbis providing the light.
If you want to join me on a Canon or Nikon specific Speedlight Mastery workshop here are the details of the up and coming available dates. If you have any questions please do email me or better still post them here. Please feel free to comment on the pictures below. If you were there on the day I’d love to hear your comments too. Regards, Damien.