How Did You Make That Shot?

People often ask me “how did you make that shot?” Today I’ll tell you how…

fawkes1Speedotron’s Two-Light Travel System kit is supplied with an 800 Watt second power pack and two M11 flash heads with seven-inch, 105 degree reflectors, one 48-inch black-backed silver umbrella, a 54-inch silver umbrella with removable black cover, two 7.5-foot lightstands and a soft carrying case.

Weighing in at nearly 40 pounds, the kit packs easily into the trunk of a car or back of a small SUV—like my old Rage Rover Evoque—while offering enough power and control options to handle a variety of assignments

misa-lyn-colorIn my crowded 11×15-foot home studio, it took me about 45 minutes to set up all of the kit’s components including installing the flash tubes and modeling lights in both heads, attaching reflectors, popping and mounting both umbrellas, and making a few test shots.

For this session with Misa Lynn I used a single M11 head with 48-inch silver umbrella at camera right and 32-inch round reflector at camera left.

Misa Lynn was wearing a black dress and was photographed in color against a grey muslin background (that was one of the victims of my basement flooding.) It was Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark I and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (at 105mm) with an exposure of 1/1245 sec at f/14 and ISO 100.

For years people asked if they could shoot with me. Now you can join me in a series of one-on-one workshops on studio hotography where you’ll see how I work and the cameras and lenses I use. You’ll learn to use techniques that I’ve written about in magazines and books. During these informal but hands-on sessions you can ask questions and shoot photographs for your portfolio, for a fully interactive experience. Details for signing up are here.

Author: Joe Farace

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