Recognise that picture? the one on the t-shirt? No? Well it is this one:
Which is from the shoot A Date with a Dragster which was done just about a year ago! Well the lads at Fueltopia liked it so much they put it onto a t-shirt! (Which you can buy from here)
Anyway a bit about the photo itself…
Well that background is 100% real. None of it is photoshop! I used smoke pellets for this, you can get some from Amazon. This is something that I have been wanting to try out for a long time and I really happy with the results, it is such an easy way to get a dynamic background, knowing how well they work and how easy they are to use, I will be using them again in the future for sure!
To light this scene I used my trusty 28″ Westcott Apollo Softbox which was camera right. Inside it was a Canon 430EX II at 1/8th power. Behind me I had a Yongnuo YN460 II at 1/16th power which was fired bare. I triggered the flashes with my Hahnel Combi TF triggers which I wrote about in this post. The camera was a Canon 5DMkIII with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens at f/2.8 ISO100 and 1/200th of a second.
It has dawned on me recently that I use my strobes predominantly outdoors. Well this weekend the weather was foul and I was itching to make some photos.
Fortunately for me, my girlfriend and Jermaine were both around and willing to co-operate. We shot these in my bedroom against a painted slate grey wall. Lighting was provided by a 28″ Westcott Apollo Softbox which was camera left and the slightest bit of fill was provided camera right with 30″ silver reflector.
I kept the lighting soft and with deep shadows which is becoming my preferred style. The vignette on the wall is about 90% natural, it is a byproduct of the light fall-off from the softbox. If you look at the photos full size (click on the images) you will see that these were shot wide open on my 50mm so you get that lovely depth of field.
I am really happy with how these have come out, I will definitely be using this wall in the future.
A bit of information for the gear heads out there:
Canon 50D + Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens – ISO100 – 1/250th – f/1.4
Canon 430EX II @ 1/32 Power in a 28″ Westcott Apollo Softbox camera left 1 meter away from subject triggered by Hahnel Combi TF triggers
30″ Silver reflector camera right about 2 meters away from the subject.
I have had these triggeres for about a two years or so now and I can honestly say that I would recommend them to anyone. (Providing they had a need for triggers) They come in two varieties, Canon/Nikon.
They came by recommendation from a chap in a Jessops store which is not a place I normally take advice from but turns out on this occasion that it was a good one.
Since getting them I have probably had less misfires than you can count on one hand. They have only refused to fire twice, once because I accidentally changed the channel they were on and the other because it was -10 degrees centigrade. I can’t really blame them for that seeing as I don’t even want to operate in that kind of temperature.
The cool thing about this system is that it is so incredibly simple to use. You put the trigger on your camera and put the receiver onto the flash and BAM! You are good to go! Also you can reverse the set up so you can mount the receiver to the camera and hold the trigger to remotely fire the camera. Pretty neat huh!? The basic kit comes with one trigger and one receiver but if you need to upgrade, you can also buy additional receivers. They work right out of the box so you don’t have to fanny about setting them up.
One thing I have noticed with these is that if you leave the batteries in the receiver and put them in your bag, they can go through batteries quite quickly, so it might be an idea to remove them when not in use.
There is one feature that I would really like to have from this kit and that is the ability to fire the flashes on the second curtain rather than the first. I really want that. BADLY!
Want one? Get one!