The Nikon creative lighting system is able to create the wow factor in the right hands. Three Speedlights, a few ideas, a bit of a rig and fine tuning make this shot work. The difference between success and failure involves light setting, testing and adjusting. The Stothert and Pitt steam crane on the Bristol docks makes a fabulous background.
The Nikon creative lighting system is a mighty powerful tool. These shots were taken easily using the SU-800 infra red trigger or the pop up flash of my Nikon D700.
Orbis and the Nikon 14mm - 24mm lens is a striking combination. You need to put the lens through the Orbis before attaching it to the camera. I love pictures with symmetry like this on of Hannah in the cab of a brake car.
This one light picture of Hannah in my nearly secret location was lit with a single SB-900 in a Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe.
This two light shot was lit with a pair of SB-900s. One in an Ezybox and the other with a full CTB filter and a Honl Speed Grid. I love shooting tight in on the 200mm end of the zoom for that compressed perspective look. I used my pop up flash on the Nikon D700 to trigger the Speedlights without them missing a beat.
Prop a prop. This shot was lit with a single SB-900.
I used a Pocket Wizard Plus 2 to trigger the single SB-900 with a full CTB gel in the next vault.
The same spot with a different lighting set up creates a different mood. We explored a variety of lighting styles and techniques, using soft and hard light, colour temperature and gels.
One well placed soft light keeps this shot simple.
With Hannah putting her life on the tracks (not really) we kicked this shot with a pair of full blue geled Sb-900s and used a half CTO gel on an SB-800 as a key.
If you want to get to grips with Nikon’s creative lighting system, have some fun, and shoot a series of striking portraits in a small group environment, then join me on the next Nikon Speedlight Mastery workshop in Bristol. Don’t wait for the Pocket Wizards, get your lighting skills up to scratch now with the kit you’ve got. Switching triggering systems at some point in the future will be the easy bit, realising the potential of your Speedlight investment is the opportunity you have right now.
And here's my bit of random from the days shoot. A non Speedlight shot taken at 200mm and f/2.8 as a bus passed.
Please feel free to comment on on these pictures or the techniques I’ve used.