I’m just back from teaching at Photoshop World 2015 in Las Vegas so later this week I’ll be sure to post some photos and give a peek at what was truly an outstanding event!!!
Today though I thought I’d give you a look at a recent portrait that I took with my ‘Anytime Anywhere‘ kit along with a look at the set up.
The picture below is of my friend Brian and was taken whilst in our local coffee shop, The Flower Pot, also owned by a friend of mine, Jo.
I’d been wanting to take Brian’s portrait for some time now for my ‘One Light Anytime Anywhere‘ project, so the Saturday before leaving for Las Vegas I popped in to have a coffee and lo and behold…there he was, and with my camera in the car there was no escape 🙂
Ok so as for the set up, space was limited so the portability of the ‘Anytime Anywhere’ kit was ideal.
The look I’m after for this series is for each of the portraits to be shot with a pure black background however, this isn’t always achievable by just relying on my Invisible Black Background technique as the closeness of walls around, plus the colour of the walls (in this case pure white) would create a few challenges…
The Solution? Carrying a piece of black cardboard in the boot of the car which I mentioned about in an earlier post.
So, the set up was simply what you see below…
The black cardboard resting on the back of the chair behind where Brian was sat, and for the lighting I used a single Phottix Mitros+ Flash with a Lumiquest Softbox III attached; this makes for an incredibly compact and mobile lighting kit. (BTW…Phottix Flash is triggered by using the Odin Transmitter on the camera and the Odin Receiver on the flash itself).
I asked Jo to hold the light and soft box very close to Brian so that it created soft light but also because of the Inverse Square Law, the light dropped off incredibly fast…
Here’s a shot to show you what I have in my ‘Anytime Anywhere‘ kit…
- Canon 5D MKIII with 85mm f/1.8 lens
- Sheet of black cardboard
- Lumiquest Softbox III
- Phottix Mitros+ Flash
- Odin Transmitter and Odin Receiver
As always if you have any questions or comments then please fee l free to make use of the comments section below.
I’ll jump in though just to answer one that may come up…Why am I using Phottix?
Well to be honest I stopped using Speedlights a while back now and just use Elinchrom for both studio and on-location, however I was looking for something to keep in my bag for those ‘Anytime Anywhere’ moments and I wasn’t prepared to spend the money on Canon branded speedlights. These Phottix ones are ROCK SOLID, have NEVER let me down and the price is GREAT! Light is light at the end of the day and these small battery off camera flashes do exactly what I want/need.
Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.
•Check out the LARGER version of this portrait of Brian over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE