As photographers, we are the absolute WORST about getting in front of the camera and documenting the special people in our own lives. We're all so caught up in running our businesses that we forget how important it is to have beautiful portraits and family heirlooms of our own.
With editorial portraits, you always want to mix things up so you have a good variety of looks to choose from. For this shoot, I started with a Westcott FJ400 with the Joel Grimes Beauty Dish on camera left, with the Westcott FJ80 as a hair light behind my subject, camera right.
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.
Getting started with off-camera flash is already scary enough, right? Now add the element of a dark night sky and trying to create portraits that doesn't look like artificial light has just been thrown in with no control and it's an entirely different ballgame.
Ever wanted to learn new lighting techniques and have fun with photography without the pressure of another human being staring at you the whole time? My name is Alissa Cincotta and this weekend, I’m going to be doing some self portraits in our home in O’Fallon, Illinois using the Westcott FJ80, the Westcott FJ200, and the Westcott Universal Wireless Flash Trigger, the FJ-X2m.
Headshots don’t have to be complicated. When it comes to lighting for women, soft and even light is key. So you want to make sure you have a decently-sized Octabox as the modifier for your main light. I chose to use the Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-M paired with the FJ200.
When I found my new studio, I fell in love. It has huge factory windows on the second floor that give me privacy. I have north-, south- and west-facing windows. As we all know, being a professional means delivering a consistent product. When I moved into my studio, I found myself using only natural light because it is so beautiful. I know what time of day and quality of light I need for any photo my clients might pick out as a favorite. But what happens when you have a dark, dreary day, and your client wants that hard-light look?
I love Flex lights. They are easy to use, very powerful, cost-effective, they throw great light and they’re extremely portable. They are not just for video. Read my article on commercial shoots in this issue, where I talk about how we used two of the 1x1 Flex Panels to light some food photography.