Here is a photoshoot from a couple of great dudes that liken themselves to a young and edgy Brooks and Dunn. Meet Cody and Chance. They are working on their first CD right now.
I also want to use this post as an example of having to work quickly and adding drama to a photo by changing the direction of the light or in this case changing my position.
Let’s look at a couple of photos first. The first set were shot with one 580ex.
This is a great example of what a off camera flash can do for an image. By setting the lightmeter to produce a great looking sky and then matching the output of the flash to the setting. Here is what it would look like if the flash did not fire. I had the light of to my left. My settings were 1/200th of a sec (my top sync speed)at f-14
Here is another image. In this case, we were in an alley that was very shady. It had no real direction of light so the light was pretty blah. I put the flash of to camera left, where the sun was. By doing this and popping just a little bit of flash into Cody and Chance, I added some dimension to the image. You can tell the flash was at a good distance from the subject but the strong shadow.
For these next images I switched over from the speedlight to the AB ringflash. By the way, if you want to see what equipment I use just go to my equipment list under pages.
By this time the sun was going down pretty fast and I wanted to get some differentÂ looks. I left the light set up where it was and just moved myself around to create a different look.
Sometimes as photographers we get in the mode of just shooting. I try to get a couple of shots and then move on. With digital it is very easy to overshoot. I am very guilty of this and I am constantly trying to pretend I still shoot film. I got a couple of good shots and then try something different.
One thing I also try to do with every shoot is try a strange perspective or angle. In this case I just had them laydown on the ground. It reminded me of a couple of Cowboys laying down in the old west or something. Well it seemed country.
Either way, I think it is a cool shot that is different than something you might typically see.
Here are a couple of shots from my assistant, Kevin’s phone.