Just a warning straight up that I am an amateur photographer, and that I am still learning all the fun things that photographers do, or can do with the basic equipment out there in the world of photography, such as owning only one external flash and creating epic works of art with it. Although I like to think that my flash is top of the line, (in the Sony world it is) but I know that it is how you use your tools that counts, and not how big and expensive they are – right. I am sure some will disagree, oh well.
During this shoot I hired two very expensive models, Mini and Moe. They were just as eager to do this shoot as I was. They were wonderful to work with, and I am sure that they took as much out from this experience as I did. They were natural born models for this type of work, and they were worth every penny I shelled out for their services. I hope to work with them again soon.
My weapon of choice for the flash is the Sony HVL-F58AM. It is the top end of the Sony Flash in the Alpha collection. I went with the unit becuase Sony Alphas has the proprietary hot-shoe, which is a major strike against owning a Sony Alpha camera. The hot-shoe is the plug that the flash attaches to the top of the camera with. Only Sony products can attach to Sony Alphas without buying a $200.00 CND hot-shoe adapter so you can use other manufacturer’s products with the camera.
These first two shots were just your basic bounce shots; pointing the flash up in the air at the ceiling and having part of the light reflect downwards on the models. Reflecting the light this way defuses the harsh light from the flash and lights up the area behind and above the models. If I had a white muslin (back drop) I am sure the shots would have looked brighter, but I am on a shoestring budget, the brown blanket is all I have at this time.
Next, I was getting creative with the positioning of the flash. I sat the flash on the floor and aimed it up at the ceiling right in front of Mini and Moe. Neat effect, but a little to harsh with the light. This shot makes them look scary!
Finally, I found that you can never have too much light from just one flash. You can always adjust the camera and lens settings to accommodate the light. I think I nailed it with this last shot. Lots of light and hardly any harsh shadows – I am very happy with this last shot.
I think for my next investment I would like to use a light box, or umbrella with a light stand to go with my flash. I really need something to properly defuse the light with, and I am thinking that the studio light box might be the best piece of gear to have. Just stick the flash inside the light box, and the white cloth will evenly defuse the light. Next pay cheque!
Again, I like to thank Mini and Moe for their patients and willingness to work with me on this shoot. I much appreciate them and their hard work they did here!
ADDED: I need to make a correction with my terminology: I keep saying “light box,” but actually what I mean is Softbox. Please see the Wikipedia link for Softbox. And this site too, for better examples: Home Made Softbox.