Some of you may remember me posting a screenshot of this image last week and commenting that it must be my “style” thanks to nailing this in one shot. This led to a small conversation with Scott Woodwhen I said I might be leaning too heavily on this particular setup and that I was sure people would just become sick of seeing another similar style image, but that I greatly enjoyed them. The conversation ended when he reminded me that I needed to shoot for myself first, something that I lose amongst all the noise of life. These are wise words that I need to print off and tape to both of my cameras!
Part of my goals for 2013 are to try to teach a class on the fundamentals of photography. I also want to share some of the behind the scenes on what I do and how I achieve some of the images that I post. What better time to start that knowledge sharing than right now. Almost no low-key image I post consists of off-camera flash, but rather a constant light source. I made Helghast Invasion with a simple desk lamp from Target and a 40-watt light bulb. I achieved the lighting on Bow Before Stewie by setting the figure on my iPhone after starting up iLumination, a free flashlight app. The light for Master Chief is courtesy of my Nexus 7 and Color Flashlight, yet another free flashlight app.
While I do own an off-camera flash setup, I do not always have the room necessary to achieve the lighting I want or need. I also do not even remotely require the full power of a flash as most of the toys I shoot max out at a measly three-inches. I have found that these low cost solutions provide enough control to produce the results I am aiming for.
Be excellent to one another!
Exposure: 10.0 sec at f/11