05 Aug Castlefield Light Test
A few weeks ago, I joined North West photographers, Jonty, Anurag and Emma, to have a little play with some off-camera flash around Castlefield in Manchester.
Whilst my wedding photography is very much of a documentary style, meaning that I aim to be as unobtrustive (and therefore ‘un-flashey’!) as possible, I still wanted to learn some techniques that would be useful in other situations, like non-wedding portraits. When it’s not the biggest day of your life and you have specifically decided to have some photos taken, I think it’s perfectly appropriate to get some flashes out and spend some time creating the light the way you want it.
These images are captured with help of a speedlight and softbox, 45 deg to the side of the camera and a little above the eyeline.
Er, this one is captured with just the help of my big old friend, the sun – can’t get out of the documentary habit! But it’s useful to show you how bright the day was, at exactly the same time the other images were taken. The power of a flash is such that it can be used to allow you to dial back the exposure on a background, giving you a night time feel even in broad daylight.
These images below were taken with one flash 45 deg off to my right and a second flash positioned behind Anurag. Additionally, they use a coloured gel to give a blue cast to the background.
I do love the creative control you get with flash, so am excited to start incorporating more of this into my portrait work. (But fear not, I will continue to shoot your wedding day so it looks like the day!)