It’s been film central around here lately, so I thought I’d post some digital photos I shot the other day while playing with Chris’s old school flash. Yeah, you heard me right: I’m learning how to use a flash! It’s always been the opposite of my M.O., but I realize it’s better to learn it now than later. And I’m actually sort of having fun. Sort of. (Groan!)
I still think artificial lighting looks… Well, artificial, and I’ll take yummy natural light under a shaded tree or through a magic window over strobes in a studio any day. But, much like using a tripod, sometimes you just gotta suck it up. I can’t possibly strive to be a professional if there are areas of my profession that I refuse to even learn about. And that’s the honest truth.
We’ve been on a smoothie bender, so I spent 4 innings of a recent Giants game stemming, pitting and chopping an entire bag of freezer-bound cherries. This is what I ended up with (along with hands that, according to Chris, looked like they “just ripped out a pig’s heart.” Okaayy… You feeling all right, honey?).
The last two photos depict two different methods of bouncing the flash – which simply means angling the top of the flash so that it hits something, such as a wall, and bounces back at the subject, usually to create softer lighting than a direct hit.
And now I want a smoothie. Hah. Happy Friday, everyone!
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro
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