I had a visitor pop it today… I was not set up for studio images but I took the opportunity to practice some of the speedlight skills that I have pick up over the last few days.
Camera was in manual, the speedlight was attached to the camera but in a diffuser to soften the light and I experimented with my new knowledge.
I love the catch lights in Freddie’s eyes, the window is to the right of him, the kitchen lights are on and I am able to move to use the flash as a fill light and add interest to his eyes. Freddie is seriously on the move, so it is essential that I can control the light from where I am to get the shot….
I need to try and get lower – but I ran out of room…. with a 1/80sec shutter speed you can see movement on Freddie’s fingers, but the flash freezes he movement too.
Decreasing the ISO and increasing the shutter speed reduced the amount of ambient light and the background is much darker – the flash power stayed the same. I was just experimenting based on what I have learnt recently.
Keeping the ISO the same, but making the aperture a tiny bit wider and slowing down the shutter speed lets in a lot more light – the backgound looks really yellow here and the brightness of it is distracting.
Problem solved – this time – by increasing the shutter speed so I let less light in. Freddie was kind enough to sit still for a bit and explore the treasure basket of interesting objects…..
Whether I zoomed out or zoomed in, the TTL on the flash was able to adjust appropriate – I love the clarity of his highs and it is much easier to work off tripod with the flash as a fill light to get the shot I have in mind, especially with models this young.
Finally a behind the scenes shot from this shoot – multi-tasking women! My model, being entertained by my photography assistant whilst his mum cuts hair … I bounced the soften flash off the ceiling, the window behind separates the girls from the background, the 1/250 sec shutter speed freezes the moment.
I am really pleased with this images with just one speedlight working on camera…. and all in manual too!