Why is it important to understand and test your gear? Well, because Murphy’s Law is the source of all pain when it comes to run & gun photo shoots. What do I mean by this? Simply, what can go wrong, will go wrong.
Let me paint the scene for you.
I planned a photo shoot with the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 for Sony a few weeks ago with my cousin, Nicole, who is in town for a few months. I wanted to showcase the lens in both natural light and at dusk with a strobe. I used my go-to on-location strobe setup, the Westcott FJ200 with the FJ-X2m Universal Trigger and some form of modifier, depending on the look I want for the final images. For this scene, I wanted something edgy, harsh, and specular, so I just used the reflector that came with the FJ200.
Once we got my cousin changed into her dusk outfit and her makeup transformation was complete, we walked out to the spot where I wanted to shoot—in the middle of the busy street right outside of the Fox Theatre in St Louis.