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Mar 07, 2018 17:18 |  #1

shooting a semi-corporate event tomorrow with some local "celebrities" and will be shooting against a "sponsor backdrop" similar to the red carpet stuff that the hollywood elite do for all of the charity events. these will only be waist up because the backdrop isnt large enough to reach from floor to ceiling so its better to have the bottom cropped out vs having a nasty wall and then the ceiling popping up behind their heads...

for lighting, whats everyone think?

on camera speedlite bounced off the ceiling?
33" shoot through umbrella ?
33" reflector umbrella?

one umbrella up and off axis (from the camera)?
one umbrella up and on axis (of the camera)?

two umbrellas on either side of the camera?




  
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Mar 07, 2018 18:41 |  #2

I've done red carpet / media wall events before and used a big modifier just barely to the right or left, and in one case it was directly behind me and I was in front of it (it was a 7-foot umbrella). The main thing to consider is that you might have people wanting to do group photos and for that you'll need good coverage. If you don't have a bigger umbrella than 33" and you only have two I'd use both of them, and put both of them together (with both umbrellas, on separate light stands) just to one side of you or possibly have them both close in on either side of you pointing straight forward. I wouldn't do too much side lighting in this case. Quickie media wall shots don't really lend themselves to getting creative with lighting. :)



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Mar 08, 2018 04:49 as a reply to  @ paintedlotus's post |  #3

i could do a pair of 40 shoot throughs or a 60" shoot through...

i could actually do all three if i wanted a big wall of light...




  
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Mar 08, 2018 07:46 |  #4

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A couple weeks back I was shooting in the same situation at a Benefit Gala. Red Carpet Above Waist And Full length Portrait with large full size printed back drop. For full length and above waist "Red Carpet" events on backdrops I have been using three Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlites triggered by a Canon ST-E3 RT Transmitter inside a Westcott 7ft. Parabolic White Reflective Umbrella. Being Radio Communication, no line of sight is needed as in optical. I also have 7ft Silver Reflective and White Shoot through as well. Love the Wrap Around look. Each Speedlite is connected to a Canon/ Bolt External battery Pack. This allows to power the Speedlite and improve recycle times.
I have this slightly off to the left or right and slightly behind me as well at times away from the flow of people if possible. The room will dictate. This setup allows only one lightstand "obstacle". Two light stands can create cross shadows at times as well and takes up more space too.
If in a smaller room or space constraints I do have smaller Reflective and Shoot through as well.
Another modifier I love that I have not yet tried in this scenario is The Westcott Halo. "The Grenade of Light". Smaller in size as 43".
Could I just use one Speedlite inside an umbrella. Sure. We adjust. Even easier when it is "above waist"shots like your situation.
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the set up. three 600ex-rt mounted behind the 60" (58" measured) umbrella. the speedlites are manually zoomed at 20mm.


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a couple more that are a bit more full-image...

the background has a pretty slick finish so its a little reflective. i couldnt do a lot to pull back the highlights without compromising the image quality...



  
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a couple more. the background is very smooth so its a bit too reflective. i pulled the shine back with the highlight sliders but too much compromises the image quality...



  
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