Ok, as promised, here’s a short little pancake sessions (a short stack…get it? :) on that crazy off-camera lighting we were using to get some of those shots like these two:
Contrary to what you might have imagined, it wasn’t some crazy-technical flash set up complete with a key grip and a boom boy or whatever you call them. Ok, so I’m probably the only one who imagined that, but how cool would it be to have your own key grip for real life? I like it. I’m gonna have to work on that.
Nope, it was REALLY off-camera! Our crazy off- camera light was actually provided by this:
The pendant lighting at Starbucks! I told you I loved that place!
I think some of the coolest lighting out there is what we call “found light.” Think street lamps, Christmas lights, marquees. Well there just so happened to be a Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel and they were closing up, but they left the lights on a little longer just for us. No other flash set up was used. Justin placed the subjects (our awesome clients Sonia & Pankit and their family) in front of that column you see there because it did cool things with the light gradient left to right and it made for a nice background. Then he had everyone stand so the light was directional (coming in from the left and slightly to the front) and exposed for the highlights using spot metering. That’s it. Took about 5 minutes and they turned in to some of our favorite shots from the day.
So….spread the love. What are some of YOUR favorite found lighting sources/stories?