This new tip I learned may have just changed by life.
As a photographer, you are always learning new things, always growing, especially with changing trends in the industry, etc. And for some reason I really, really love learning new things, its just one of my things I guess :). After tuning into a recent webinar, I couldn't help but text of my photog friends (you know the people who understand how I could be so excited about such a small thing) that this new tip I learned may have just changed my life.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due - Who I Learned This From
I recently watched a webinar put on by Justin and Mary and the topic of the webinar was how to make flash look like natural window light. They did an awesome job of explaining all the little details and how to use techniques such as "the black box" to block out any color casts and other tips such as how to manage contrast.
THE WHY - Why This Flash Technique is so Important to me
The idea is you don't always have ideal lighting due to time of day, indoor location or color cast (bright colored nursery room walls where many brides get ready anyone?!?), but regardless of the situation, we need to be able to put out consistent (and beautiful) images to our clients every time.
I currently use flash when I need to, love creating dramatic reception images with flash and often times light family formals etc. However, I love the look and feel of natural light and when I get my choice, you will most often times find me scheduling sessions outdoors at golden hour. This is the signature look that my clients come to me for.
How I typically use flash:
This New Technique:
THE WHEN - When I Plan on Using This New Technique
This new technique is not something that I will be using every day, if I have great natural light that will still be my first choice, but what this new technique will do is help create consistency across my images even in less than optimal circumstances.
THE LIGHTING SET UP
As you can see in the image above, the set up is very simple. I am using one speedlight off camera in a rapid box softbox (by Wescott) and a reflector to the right to fill in the shadows. I took these images in my living room at night so I simply set a chair up against the wall and draped some fabric over to give me a simple backdrop for the details.
Here are a few more images from my test shoot.
Yes - you can do this too! It really is quite simple and will help ensure you can nail those images every time no matter what lighting conditions you are dealt! So get out that flash and start practicing.