My wife Heidi and I went over to a local park to test out some photography ideas of mine. It had been snowing for the past 24 hours and I wanted to take advantage of the falling snowflakes. I’m really pleased with the feedback so I wanted to give some more details on the shoot along with showcase the images.
-3 flashes (both canon and nikon)
-3 flash stands
-1 CyberSync™ Trigger Transmitter
-3 CyberSync™ Receiver (battery)
-Canon DSLR with hotshoe
Below is a breathtaking illustration of the overall flash setup. These flashes never moved position but I varied which flashes were firing throughout the course of the shoot. The most important setting (in my opinion) is the zoom on each of the flashes. This shapes the light coming from each of the flashes. Here are my settings:
1. 85mm, 1/4th power (with shoot through umbrella)
2. 105mm, 1/4th power
3. 35mm, 1/8th power
Here you see the order that I added them. My camera was on a tripod so I could get good ambient light if I desired. The details on each shot were 1/6th sec at f/2.8 and 70mm, ISO 800.
Once I got the flashes how I liked them, I increased the shutter speed to knock out the ambient light. The setting on the right stayed that way for the remainder of the shoot.
And we are off and running… Here’s one with all 3 flashes going.
Next, I couldn’t have patience so I jumped right to “the shot” I had in my head. Here’s the lighting diagram and a test shot. I know, super simple.
Time to let loose:
Wait… what did you JUST DO THERE?! After more experimentation we nailed it.
Turning on strobe #2, Heidi’s face and front are illuminated. Before and after.
Now, I want to get on some of this action. I’ve got a wireless remote trigger so after figuring out the longest distance at which it’s usable, we set it for a 2 second delay. The goal is still to stay between the flash and the camera so you don’t get a huge burst of light (sometimes its cool though… just not most times).
Lastly, my new favorite back-cracker :).
There you have it. Snow Strobes. Please let me know if you have any other questions or other topics you’d like me to demonstrate.