Lighting street portraits with Canon Speedlites

19 07 2011

This is a part of a portrait series I’ve done of my students at Riguardare photography school. I will not post the entire series since this class has 18 students, so I selected three pictures which mainly exemplify the lighting set up used that night.

The idea was to mix the street lighting with the strobes.

The light was set up with two Speedlite 420EX from behind the subjects, acting like hair light and also as a kicker, both of them in group B, a 580EXII with a great round diffuser as the key light in the upper front in group A, and a white reflector at the waist level of the subject. The ratio between groups A and B was 1:2, and the flash exposure compensation was set to -1 and 1/3.

Exposure was set to 1/30s, 1250 ISO, f2.8, this way we got a good exposure for the ambient light without getting too much noise, the depth of field was very shallow so I had to pay extra attention on focusing. The lens were Canon EFs 24mm f2.8 and the camera is a Canon EOS 7D.

Here are the final images:



Hope you liked it.

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

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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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