I’ve been completely obsessed with David Hobby‘s AFKA thought process (Ambient, Fill, Key, Accent), but I’ll need more practice to execute well on location. Today, I did some make-up photos for the high school dancers that were the subject of a three-part blog earlier this year. The girls were available only briefly, so I had to go with a “good enough” lighting plan. One of these days I need to get some dancers, a studio, and several hours to play with lights.
I used an on-camera SB800 with Gary Fong Lightsphere as Commander (controlling the other lights) and fill light. At camera left, lined up with the dancer, was an SB600 with Sto-fen Omnibounce and a 42″ shoot-through umbrella. At camera right, also lined up with the dancer, was an SB600 with Omnibounce pointed through a smaller shoot-through umbrella. Overall, I’m happy with the lighting, but I need a better on-the-fly solution when a dancer in black costume steps in front of a black backdrop. I tried moving one of the flashes behind her for a rim-light effect, but it didn’t work out. I should have removed the diffusers for that effect, but it just didn’t seem like there was time to experiment.
That said, I think we caught some nice moments today.