The story Behind the shot #1 / by Justin Gage

 Ok so trying something new, Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights  Cristian  is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.  Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.  I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source  The "brief' we gave ourselves was the  Aubade  campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

Ok so trying something new,
Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights
Cristian is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.

Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.

I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source

The "brief' we gave ourselves was the Aubade campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

  Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

The model Cristian brought was in great shape but had very little experience (a challenge to be addressed in another entry)

 

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So despite what the data says lights did go off  you will also notice the shutter speed was 1/800 .
Most of you know that your "normal sync speed" on a DSLR is 1/200 1/250.
Any faster you will start seeing that black band somewhere on the image. One solution is lights that use HSS (high speed sync) another is strobbing your flash at the right frequency, or shooting a Medium format like a Hasselblad. Because the shutters are actually little blades in the lens.  (referred to as leaf shutter)
I am normally not a technical shooter but this was one of those moments where because I was getting these results on the Nikon I was going to have to geek it out a little.
so it was a questing of stopping the lights down .


If any of this was unclear? or you want more detail just leave a comment and I can do my best to address that, or cover it next time.

Until then... Keep shooting!