So how do you get from here…..ISO 400, 1/25th at F5.6 with the new VR 24-70mm f2.8 lens…
To there…..ISO 400, 1/4000th at f1.4, with the new Nikkor 105mm f1.4 lens…
She didn’t move. The lights did, though. The top pic is straight up convention hall light. Dank, ugly, without redeeming attractiveness or quality, but handy enough when it comes to reading all the show signage. Main aim here is to get rid of it, and the signage, and the distractions, and make your model, the lovely Amber Tutton, be the star of the show.
I did this with two little soft boxes, coming in April, from Lastolite. Called the Speed Lite Box 2, they have new diffuser fronts, with substantial edge baffles, and another diffuser front panel with an egg crate stitched in. The main light, above her, hand-held, is just a diffuser, while the beauty fill, also hand-held, has the grid cover. The grid helps isolate the feel of the light, and direct it towards her face without spraying around too much. These little boxes are the newest additions to the “Joe McNally” range, brought out by Lastolite. They’re available next month, and I’m excited about the quality of light from these small, collapsible, “stuff it in your bag” kind of light sources.
Below, I am hand holding a prototype in a different setup. Many thanks to Nicole Gomes for this pic!
I generally work fast during live demos, and talk even faster. I just keep moving, and trying things. Some look good, others, not so much. But working with Amber saved my butt as her look converted even my poorest efforts into an attractive photo. But there were a couple of frames where we did well together. The banner photo up top was shot with one light source, the Lastolite 4 in 1 umbrella, which is a big, beautiful light source. Have 3 Nikon SB-5000 Speedlights firing into it, mounted on a ratcheting Tri-flash.
Thanks to Sean McCormack, for the above quick BTS snap. Sean is a fine photog, and a truly original wild man out of Galway…check out his blog here.
Nice light, quickly done…..more tk…
Simon Everett says
Another great lighting blog with Joe, nice work the model catch lighting is superb.
Brian Worley says
It was great meet you after your show on the Live stage (the Dave Clayton stage) at the end of one of the days. You have inspired my approach to lighting and it’s a pleasure to watch you work through your live demos.
So here Joe you seem to have 3 hands! one for the camera and two for the handheld lights !Nice results as always!
Sean McCormack says
Gulp! I better update it now! Cheers Joe & Annie!
Doug Evans says
Haven’t commented in a long time, but still read faithfully. Thanks for the tips and wisdom Joe! I’m still out there trying to do the photography thing and your blog is always rich with info and plenty of visual inspiration. Fun following your travels via FB and congratulations on more product coming out with Lastolite. Hope to catch more live education someday in the not too distant future.
Martin Wills says
It was great watching your demos yesterday, very inspiring and has given me more creative ideas.
Wish it was here in Australia.
Joe McNally says
Hey Doug….Hope you are well, and always great to hear from you! all the best and hope our paths cross soon….
Child Photographer Preston says
Your ideas are great and so the results! Thankyou!
Laura Gomez says
I would greatly appreciate if you could check work on ?http://www.romanlewckephotography.com? and let me know your thoughts, thank you!
Several photography tools can solve the too-much or too-little light problem by modifying the light you have available or the light you add with flashes and strobes.
Me ha encantado el post, estoy revisando el resto de publicaciones, me empapare de información, Gracias!!