What I wanted to get from my photo shoot with CT model Savannah Rain, was a low-key photographic style; while having the texture on the wood floor and the ornamental features in the vintage chair add character to each shot.
I knew the way to do it was by relying on inverse square law in which the closer the light to the subject, the darker the background would be; so my original plan was to place the first flashlight in a softbox within 3 feet away from her in order to have the light wrap around her facial features. So that first flashlight had an extra power supply from an external battery pack that gave me faster recycling times, but the second flashlight, which I intended to use for separation, did not have that extra power source, and that made its recycling times react much slower, and in consequence, it began to slow down my shooting process.
As I realized that obtaining a consistent quality of light wasn’t going in my favor, I then began to use ambient light by increasing my ISO and slowing down my shutter not any lower than my focal length just to ensure sharpness. Fortunately, I had a reflector nearby which enabled me to bounce some light from a nearby window; hence, I was able to get some detail to focus on.
My point with this post is that it feels great being able to resolve challenges once you get familiarized with the basics, that said, I'm still facing each photo shoot as a huge challenge, but the more I get to do it, the faster I get to solve any problem that's gear related. Since then, I have ordered an extra battery pack for my second flashlight as I began to prepare for my next photo shoot.
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