During the month of September, the Cache Valley PAC focused on Off-Camera Flash. At our first meet up of the month, I put together a short presentation about common light set-ups and styles or lighting patterns.
(Download slides here) We briefly studied some examples courtesy of google images and had an open discussion about when and how to use these lighting techniques. After the presentation, we broke into groups and practiced these lighting set ups on each other.
Shot at: 70mm ISO 100 f/6.3 1/160th Photo by Mike Johnson of Endless Photography
Lighting Setup: 1 Alien Bee AB1600 @ 1/34th Power high and directly above camera shooting through a 42in umbrella // 1 4ftx6ft soft white reflector below the camera wrapped around the subject // 1 Youngnuo Speedlight @ 1/4 power on the floor bouncing up onto the back wall // Younguo Speedlight @ 1/8th power behind the subject high and camera left providing hair light
Clamshell Lighting Example by Cody Paige.
Two weeks later, we put all our new knowledge to use in a real-life setting. A local studio (Cache Valley Photographers Connection) donated three hours of studio time to Cache Valley PAC. With around 25 photographers and 5 models, we split up in the studio and outside of the studio to make some amazing off-camera flash images.
My favorite part about shooting with these people is we all had the same models, same backdrops and even same equipment and light set ups, but we all added our own style and twist.
Here is a slightly cut off out of focus group picture of all the photographers still around at the end of the shoot taken by one of our models. We had a blast!!
Settings: Nikon D600 at 50 mm ISO 100 f/1.4 1/160 seconds & ISO 100 f/2.2 1/160 seconds
What I likes about it: LEFT I love the split lighting, making the photo slightly moody. RIGHT I love the vibrant colors and textures.
Settings: 1/125 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 400. 70-200mm f/2.8 Tamron lens shooting at 180mm.
What he loves about it: I love the expression, soft hands and shallow depth of field.
Facebook: Simple Things Photography.
Settings: Canon 5D Mark iii Canon 24-70 f/2.8 ISO 100 1/40th f/5.0 62mm
Light Set-Up: One Alien Bee AB1600 @ 1/32nd power in a 24inx24in softbox, high and camera right and one Youngnuo 560 Speedlight bouncing off the bricks behind him at 1/4th power.
Settings: 1/60 F4.5 48mm iso 200
Settings: Nikon D7000 Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D Nikon SB600 1/30 f/4 ISO 100
Settings: 1/125 s f 2 iso 400
Photo by John Hart
Settings: Nikon 7000 nikor 17-135 set on 50 mm for this photo F5.9, 1/125, Iso 100. Using Nikon ttl function with off camera flash. Photo by John Fuqua
Settings: 24mm, 1/125 @ f/4, ISO 200 onCanon 60D with 24-105 f/4 L
“I had so much fun trying out all the different locations and how to use my lighting in each situation.”
Settings: f5 / iso 100 / 125
Thank you Rebecca from My Sunshine Photography for a group model shot.
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Cusi Taylor says
WOW!! Great job!
Michael Ratcliff says
They all look great and it looks like you all had fun too. Nice job!
Alex McClure says
Awesome job…looks like Fun. There is no better way to learn then with your friends!
Sonja Bair says
I love shooting with the Cache Valley Group!! Everyone is always so helpful and willing to teach us how to use different techniques!! AWESOME JOB to everyone!!
Such a fun night! Hope we can shoot there again soon! Great place, if you haven’t gone to this studio’s website, you have to check them out! A studio you can rent by the hour that has everything you need!
Great evening with friends and beautiful young people .