Lighting a portrait with Canon Speedlites

18 07 2011

This is a portrait I’ve done of a great friend of mine, Ricardo, who is a very talented marketing professional.

The idea was to bring a nocturnal feel to his portrait, just like if he was looking to a computer screen and thinking about his marketing decisions for the next day at his work. To achieve this look I decided to add some blue cellophane to the strobes (it is good to tell that blue gels, blue cellophane and color filters can give you colors that are impossible to achieve only with white balance settings, so go on with filters/gels/cellophane and whatever other colored materials you find!).

The light was set up with two Speedlite 420EX (yes, a pretty darn old but yet useful strobe!) from behind his back and bouncing on a white reflector at his front to add some fill light on his face.

Exposure was set to 1/200s, 100 ISO, f5.6, this way the low ambient light was completely suppressed, the depth of field would be shallow but not very critical, and the only source of light would be the two 420EX with blue cellophane. The lens was the Canon EFs 17-55 f2.8 USM set at 55mm.

Flash exposure compensation was set to -1, otherwise we would end up with a too bright lighting for our original nocturnal idea.

So here is the final image:

Hope you liked it.

All the best,
Armando Vernaglia Jr
www.vernaglia.com.br
vimeo.com/vernaglia
@VernagliaJr


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