I’m continuing to play around with the concept of my mobile studio and have just developed a film from the Bronica which I had shot largely using the backdrop and off camera flash and I’m reasonably pleased with the results. It was a very bright sunny day and these photos were shot mid afternoon out of doors. I used the flash unit off to camera left about 45degrees to the subject with a white reflector (just a piece of white card) to camera right and another piece of cardboard as a gobo (that just means an object that blocks the light reaching certain parts of the shot). I used it to stop the flashlight falling on the background and although it was effective the sunlight was strong enough to reveal details in the cloth so I darkened it down in Photoshop with the burn tool. I still think I need to try to get a “ceiling” on the studio to restrict the effect of the ambient light but I need to work out a way of holding it in place without too much obstruction being in the way of the flash and also I need something that will not be too susceptible to wind.
Here’s the results:
As you can see poor old Teasle and Tansy got roped in again! What I need is some willing volunteers to sit for me to experiment with, anybody like their portraits done FOC?
Another photo from this film, this time no flash but taken in the garden with just the sky as a backdrop which I quite like as a high key photo and then finally a very low key result from an indoor shot with a snoot on the flashgun: