Trumpet Player

Trumpet Player

f/7.1, 1/1600, ISO-100, 50mm

Here’s a portrait I took of a good friend of mine in my living room. I used an extremely high shutter speed with strobe lighting and a 7″ snoot to get this effect. It’s a technique that wasn’t possible, or even imaginable back when I was his age, but it works really well and I hope to do it a lot more as I gain experience. It creates a very nice mood with very targeted light. I’ve done it a couple of times now and I learn something new every time about using it (in this case I learned I would have benefitted from a shorter snoot – say 5″ – because I had to significantly lighten his hand in post work).

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  1. deemac1948 September 15, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    Stunning. My kind of shot. I love this lighting so much.

  2. deemac1948 September 15, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    PS: I use this technique a lot. If you use two Snooted SpeedLights you can aim one at his hand and the other at his face. That usually solves the problem.

    • AJBopp September 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      I would love to try that! Alas, I have but one Speedlite, and am not likely to get a second any time soon. But I’m anxious to start experimenting with a two-light setup.

      • deemac1948 September 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

        I know. Everything is so expensive. I bought my second one second-hand on ebay, about a year after my first. Hope you manage a second one soon!

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