Friday, February 10, 2012

Photo of the day: My Model

My Model by The Bacher Family
My Model, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Coming up in a few days, we're going to have a Valentine's Day party at work, and as part of the fun, we're going to set up a photo booth where people can get their pictures taken with some fun props. My good friend and colleague Crow walked over to our Community Building with me to experiment with some lighting setups. All I had was a large picture window (camera left) with diffused light reflecting off the snow, and an off-camera flash with a long flash cord. To get this picture, I held the camera in my right hand with the flash in my left, and reached across my body to aim it from camera right. The previous test shot showed that that produced too harsh a light with too many highlights, so we diffused the light through a sheet of paper on a flip chart, which Crow held in the proper position with her left hand. It would have made a great image, if there had been another person to photograph it! The result, however, was the one we were looking for. We'll go back in a few days with the right equipment: a light stand, umbrella, and remote flash trigger; and we'll keep the flip chart to serve as a reflector. It all goes to show, it doesn't matter whether you have $10,000 lights or a cheap flash and a white flip chart -- all that matters, in the end, is that the right light gets to the right place to make a great photo.

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