Light Back There

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The setup
The setup

Now that I’ve started to work on adding quality light on my subjects, I’ve been wanting to expand my canvas and experiment with using lights on my background. So I pulled out the Rolleiflex that I used in my 3 Sheets Soft Box post to be my subject once again while I played with blasting light on to my background.

I used a piece of white foam core and a couple of speedlights on manual mode to light up my subject, bare flash shooting into a piece of printer paper on the left, and a SoftboxIII on the right. Both flashes were on 1/8th power with the flash head zoomed out at it’s widest setting. Since the flashes were right up next to the subject at a high power and a fast shutter speed, the light brown wall turned black leaving no separation between the Rollieflex and the background, so I decided to add a third speedlight on 1/8th power shooting through a CTO gel for some color to make the background pop and add some color and separation. I simply used a bare flash on the floor and centered it on the

No background light creates a black wall in the rear
No background light creates a black wall in the rear

subject. Here you can see the camera without the background light and it starts to disappear into the darkness behind it.

All of the pictures were taken at 1/180 shutter speed, ISO 200, and between F13 and F16.

That little orange piece of plastic just transforms the picture where you can see all of the detail and has some real depth.

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