Rare that you find someone like Anna Hammel in front of your lens….
Shot this yesterday of Austria’s reigning Miss Austria in Vienna. Doing an SB900 tour of Vienna, Amsterdam and Cologne, en route to the Nikon fest called Creative Solutions in Cologne.
Whaled away on this with 3 SB 900′s outside the window, pretty much lighting up the room.
Had hard light everywhere, including Anna, but then just interrupted the flow of that light with a Lastolite Tri-Grip. Softened it up, but then also saw the white tablecloth. Nice! Numnuts like tablecloth! Just rested an SB900 on the tablecloth, bouncing down at TTL minus 2 EV. The other lights I sent a signal to go manual, Group B at 1/1 and Group A at M 1/2. That way I had full blast of light in the back of the room, where the crowd is, and eased up on the blast hitting Anna. Further softened with Tri-Grip, and then made a little beauty fill out of the tablecloth.
Did some other stuff just with hard light, gelled warm and shifted into incandescent white balance, and also did a preset with the camera, which worked out well.
This last is just hard, gelled light coming from the window, interrupted by a Lastolite 3×6 skylight panel. Pretty simple and worked out okay. Of course, if I had somebody like Anna in front of my lens and didn’t come up with something reasonable it would be time to go back to the hotel and hit the bar really hard…. those long plane flights home when you think you didn’t do well….hate those…more tk