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Challenging Lighting ???

 
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Jan 25, 2013 10:56 |  #1

Coming up on my World Tour with Cyndi is Haiti with a Voodoo theme. This raises some serious questions for me, especially as a basically outdoor shooter.


The mood is obviously to be very dark. I have all sorts of battery powered candles that I want to come through as a primary light source but still see all the detail of Cyndi and her wardrobe and props.


My available equipment is:
Three studio strobes (2 Interfit 300ws and 1 AB800)
1 580 EX and 2 430 EX flashes
Softlighters (60" and 48") plus convertible umbrellas and (if I HAVE to - 2 x 24" softboxes)
Grids (10 - 40 degrees), 2 barndoors and 2 complete sets of gels for strobes and flashes
Radio triggers for all of it plus I can control the flashes through my T3i

My main lens is my 24-105 f4L IS. My fastest indoor lens right now is my Tamron 28-75 f2.8 which just isn't as sharp as my "L" lenses.
My 50mm 1.4 has decided not to use autofocus at this point.:p


Any suggestions on how to light this scene so that the WB is the candle colors but not so dark that we can't see Cyndi??


Thanks in advance.


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Jan 25, 2013 11:03 |  #2

Without knowing exactly what you have planned I'll throw out a few thoughts. You can control the brightness of the candles by manipulating the shutter speed so why not shoot the scene with no flash added to determine the ambient that you want. Keep in mind this might require a tripod to get the candles up to the level you want. Then add the gelled flash to add whatever light you want only on cyndi, using grids, snoots, barndoors, or whatever is appropriate to keep the light where you want it. This could be one of those times when using speedlites is easier than strobe because you can lower the power much more easily.




  
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Jan 25, 2013 11:25 |  #3

Thanks Gonzo (I am also a fan of Herr Doktor Thompson LOL)

I'm actually thinking that my speedlights may be the best solution for this lighting. The strobes may be just too powerful. I'm gonna play around with it in my house and see what works.


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24-105 f4L IS; 70-200 f4L IS; 50 mm 1.4; 18-55 IS;55-250 IS; 85mm f1.4 Sekonic L-358; 580EX & (2) 430EX
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Jan 25, 2013 12:32 |  #4

Agree with the above. Shutter speed for the candlelight, flash for the subject.

You might also need to get creative with snoots/grids/gobos/fla​gs/barndoors to keep the flash light on your subject and not adding unwanted fill to the areas lit by the candles.

And, play around with gels to get the effects you want - yellow/orange gels to match the candles, or green and blue gels to add an interesting pop of a contrasting color on the model.


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Jan 25, 2013 13:15 |  #5

Thanks Nathan. I have two weeks to play with all sorts of setups and I'll be a busy guy.


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24-105 f4L IS; 70-200 f4L IS; 50 mm 1.4; 18-55 IS;55-250 IS; 85mm f1.4 Sekonic L-358; 580EX & (2) 430EX
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