Sunday, 1 May 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 3)

Interfit Stellar Extreme flash head used bare bulb.

In this post we will look at the results from using the Interfit Stellar Extreme flash head (with no light modifiers) to see what it can achieve. I bought this light several years ago and at the time it represented quite an investment for me (I think it was about the £300 mark back then) - not an inconsiderable amount but I wanted something with more power than a speedlight and capable of taking more light modifiers.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 2)

Bare head Nikon SB-24 flash / strobe.
In the last post we saw how the Profoto AcuteB flash head / strobe, lit the subject - even with no light modifiers the shadows were not very harsh at all and the result was still quite pleasant. Obviously we could have made it softer still by using a softbox, but that's not the aim of these posts; we want to see the differences between different light sources. In this post we'll take a look at the Nikon SB24 speed light.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 1)

Bare head Profoto AcuteB flash.

This was something of an experiment to find out about the quality of light from three different flash heads. I'd recently invested in a Profoto AcuteB flash head, which although now discontinued by Profoto, was still by far and away the most expensive flash I'd ever bought! Having invested the cash into this head, I wanted to compare it against two other heads to find out how it performed. The other flashes were a Nikon SB24 camera flash and an Interfit Stellar Extreme.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Changing The Look

Keeping with the theme of just using a single light, I thought I'd show how to create a completely different style of photo. For this photo, I used a single flash head to create this portrait with a very different feel to it.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Taming The Sun (Part 4)

In the final part of this short series about dealing with a bright sunny day, we'll be adding in a flash head to control the shadow areas and building on the image from the last post.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Taming The Sun (Part 3)

The problem with direct sunlight is that it can cast harsh shadows, which is not usually the effect we're after when dealing with portrait photography. So, how can we get around this? In the last posting, I suggested that moving into the shadows, or waiting for a cloud to come over can provide an easy solution, and although that resulted in an photograph with nice soft light, we didn't have any separation from the subject and their background.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Taming The Sun (Part 2)

In Part 1 we laid the foundation for a couple of ways we can deal with bright sunshine and deep, dark shadows; and in this post we'll take a quick look at a very obvious way that costs absolutely nothing...