Wordy Wednesday #153 “The Beat Goes On”

speedoSpeedotron’s power pack and head systems are the studio lighting world’s equivalent of the American muscle car. They’re made in the USA, ruggedly built to take hard use, and powerful. Since its beginnings the company has offered two lines of lighting systems for photographers with different requirements. The premium-priced Black Line is intended for commercial shooters while Brown Line products are aimed at portrait photographers, yet when used normally both have similar quality, reliability and longevity.

For my first session in my home studio with Misa Lynn I used a bare bones lighting arrangement using Speedotron’s DM802 Two Head Kit. When Misa Lynn put on this faux fur vest, all I could think of was Sonny & Cher—that’s where the title of today’s post comes form—because her outfit gave off such a sixties vibe


Lighting setup: The Main light was a Speedotron M11 light head with a 45-inch silver Photoflex umbrella at camera right with another M11 with the 54-inch Photek silver umbrella mounted, acting as fill, placed near the back of my 11×15-foor home studio. For this first session the background was a simple solid grey muslin backdrop.

Power was set at 400 Watt-seconds and set in Asymmetrical mode producing a final exposure of 1/125 sec at f/14 at ISO 100 with a Canon EOS 50D and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (at 90mm.) In the digital darkroom I used Analog Efex Pro’s Classic Camera effect combined with Vignette Blur filter form Color Efex Pro for the final image you see here.

Author: Joe Farace

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