Good Morning Everybody,
I can't believe it, the seven days the time has flown by and it sure feels like we got a lot accomplished in that short amount of time. The highlight of our travels was a three-day wedding that I photographed in Frankfort, Michigan. Don't forget look for my upcoming wedding series that I mentioned on Monday of this week. It is scheduled to begin first thing Monday morning next week.
Hey gang, we just got back and already we got lots on our plate. Let's get right to today's post.
Technique Tuesday On Thursday: Fast, Easy Event Lighting – Part 2
Two weeks ago I posted a lighting centric Technique Tuesday. You can find that lighting post RIGHT HERE. It was a big favorite among our DigitalProTalk readers. Because of a new high ISO cameras I was able to change up my lighting techniques a bit at a recent wedding reception. The new lighting technique gives me a tremendous amount of versatility in capturing the reception candids these days.
I received a few comments and emails from several of our DigitalProTalk readers asking me how I would change up the lighting set up in a smaller space. Well folks, that's exactly what happened this past weekend. I was working in a much smaller space and didn't have the benefit of second-story balconies in which the place my lights.
The cool thing this weekend was that my technique was exactly the same as two weeks ago. I chose to use one eight-foot light stand and one taller, 12 foot light stand. I attached my Quantum T5d flash heads to the light stands with each was powered by the Quantum Turbo 3 power packs.
Because of the high ISO capabilities of my Canon 5D Mark III, I was able to use ISO 1600 for all of these candids. This allowed to set the power on my Quantum strobes to only 1/16th power. At 1/16 power I was getting nearly instant recycle time from my strobes for the fast paced wedding reception.
The fact that I was only dumping 1/16 power also meant that the strobe batteries only depleted about one quarter of their charge by the end of the four hour reception. In essence, I could've photographed a 12 hour event and had plenty of "juice" in the batteries to finish a day-long shoot.
Less Powerful Shoe-mount Strobes Would've Worked Too
Let's put this in perspective for the shoe mount flash shooters. Most shoe mount flashes run around 60 W seconds except for the more powerful Nikon SB 900. Given the fact that most of these shoe mount strobes are 60 WS and, considering the fact that I was only using 10 WS of power coming out of my Quantum's, means that you got plenty of fire power in shoe mount flashes to pull off the same feat. You could literally shoot your shoe mount flashes at 1/6 power equaling the 10 WS output from my Quantum firing at 1/16 power, and still get plenty light on the scene.
Why not follow along with me on my video tutorial below. I want you through exactly how I set everything up, how I covered the various locations on the dance floor, and got a great coverage at this past weekend's event.
You know folks, technology has only made our gear cheaper, faster, and better. Technology has given us more opportunities than ever before to do the best job possible for our clients. That's why I find it extremely frustrating when I hear so many photographers taking the easy way out on wedding and event coverages.
For me, it's always about the difference making a difference. It's always about raising the standard on the types of imagery we can produce for our clients. It's always about giving the client the absolute best that we can achieve with our technology, craftsmanship, skills, and creativity. I certainly hope that all of our DigitalProTalk readers will consider this with all your upcoming events and continue to give your clients the absolute best – it's what they deserve it anyway.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. Yes, I know, I've been gone for about a week which means that there is once again a lot of things on my plate. To be honest with you, I'm trying to get full point in my life where my plate isn't so full all the time.
Today I've got to get back to the book since I've laid off of it for about seven days and I'm slightly behind schedule. I'm planning to use the next few days and this coming weekend to get caught up.
In a few more weeks I'll be putting a little more polish on the book and hopefully be able to share with you a few excerpts from my efforts. Every day, it seems I get a new idea on how to make this book more interesting and an exciting read for not only all of our DigitalProTalk readers but for all photographers out there shooting.
So, have a great rest of the day and I'll see you soon.
Adios for now, – David