captive model

Camera - Nikon D700
  • Aperture: f/9
  • Focal Length: 44mm
  • Shutter: 1/250 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D700

In about 5 minutes I’ll be heading out to meet my friend, Axelle, at a hair salon where she’s getting ready for her photoshoot with little ol’ me this afternoon. We’re going to the Coronet Cinema in Notting Hill to get some portraits and some fun stuff. I’m actually a bit nervous as I’ve not had any opportunity to scope out the location because we’re paying for one hour in there so I won’t see it for the first time until the clock is ticking and the meter is rolling.

As such I devoured Strobist learnings yesterday, and watched the Zack Arias One Light DVDs (I’m a fan of his shots but the DVD is a little dry) and then got my lights out to have a practice. In terms of modifiers I have a shoot-through umbrella, some home-made snoots and a Lumiquest Softbox III. I found that the umbrella spreads far too much light around so if I want to focus a bit of soft light on one area I’d need to use the small softbox or a snoot with a soft modifier in front. The problem with the softbox is it generally dictates a fairly tight shot as it’s so small and needs to be quite close. Having said that, it does make for great light.

In this shot I have the softbox camera right, about head height. I’m rubbish at remembering to note down off-camera flash settings and not sure where I find them in the EXIF, but I reckon it’s about 1/32 power.

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