Last week I ran two days of Speedlight Mastery workshops in Manchester, one for Canon shooters and one for Nikonions. I’ve split the pictures in my posts to avoid repetition. Even though we shot the same routes with Lisa Marie as our model I set up and created quite a few different images to keep me on my toes. I stuck to my shooting style despite working in full sun for two days. So here are the shots from my Canon day:
1 - I used Orbis to shoot this simple frame. Canon 5D mk2, Speedlight 580 mk2 in an Orbis ringflash adapter triggered with a Pocket Wizard Flex and Mini pair. 1/200th second at 200 ISO @ f/8. Glazed tiles on the side of a pub made a perfect background for an Orbis shot.
2 - Our first shot of the day was at the pebble. A piece of art that cost the city of Manchester £100,000 apparently. I used the burning sun as a backlight and rigged a single barefaced Speedlight on a stand to be the key. I set Lisa Marie against a dark mill on the canal and under exposed by 3 stops.
3 - Next it was a quick shot at a ventilation duct on the flanks of the Bridgewater Hall. I used the same flash, and used the same exposure strategy as in shot 2. After a brush with security we moved on to location 3.
4 - This pub was location 3 with glazed tiles on the outside walls and Everards Tiger on tap. Chris and I checked out the beer the night before. I used a single Speedlight on a stand for this simple shot. The sun was a perfect backlight. 1/200th second at ISO 200 @ f/8.
5 - I switched my camera back to standard picture style rather than Monochrome. This shot was lit with reflected sunlight. notice the crispness of the shadows, they are similar to those created with zoomed in barefaced Speedlights. 1/200th second at ISO 200 @ f/8.
6 - We went for a cup of coffee and I came across this panel of copper outside the 'restrooms'. A few moments later I'd secured permission to shoot in the cafe and set a Speedlight on camera for this funky portrait. 1/60th second at ISO 200 @ f/8
7 - This simple Orbis shot was taken in the bar next door. 1/200th second at ISO 200 @ f/5.6
8 - Next we went onto using two Speedlights in a key and kick formation. 1/200th second at ISO 200 @ f/5.6
9 - This next shot used the same two Speedlight lighting setup as the one above with identical settings.
10 - After lunch we went to Castlefield. This shot used a single 580 Speedlight. This space was a bit darker so I used 1/125th second at ISO 200 @ f/4
11 - Chris and Colin rigged the kick light in a canal barge and I set up the key light. We were working in the shadow of the tramline overhead. 1/125th second at ISO 200 @ f/4 as above
12 - This was a bit more complicated. I set up two 580 EX2's as 3/4 backlights with full CTB gels and a I used another 580 EX2 as an on camera master with a CTO gel. A white balance of 3400k did the trick.
13 - Whilst still working in the partial shadow of the tramway I found a patch of sunlight to use as a backlight. I wanted to use f/2.8 at 200mm to put the background nicely out of focus and I used a soft keylight to keep the image calm. A 580 EX2 in a Lastolite Ezybox provided the key and I used a Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex to trigger the flash.
14 - Here's another frame with identical lighting and settings as the shot above.
Chris and Colin look on as the delegates capture the shots shown above. My Lastolite 60cm Ezybox is providing the key light.
This simple key and kick shot used a Honl filter on the backlight to give it a stage lit feel.
On the way back to our start location I took time out to shoot this high key natural light shot at ISO 640, 1/30th second and at f/4
Another shot at the location above.
The last shot of the day was lit with a characteristic slash of flash.
If you want to join me on a Speedlight Mastery workshop I have a few places left on dates in May and June, details are here. Please feel free to comment on these pictures.