Last year about this time I started the year determined to learn how to use a flash well and to pick up my game on doing portraits. This year I’m upping things again by deciding to work with two lights (not counting ambient or sunlight). A second flash isn’t quite in my budget so instead I picked up a $5.00 trouble light and a $40.00 dimmable LED 5000K temperature bulb for it with a maximum output of 14oo lumens. I also got a $10 dimmer switch to hook it up to.
This is my first attempt at a portrait with the setup. I had the flash in a softbox close in on the right, and a lovely assistant holding the trouble light just a little further back: about 2:00 to the flash’s 4:o0 on the clock face, with the camera at 6:00. I had a piece of black material taped to the wall with my trusty gaffers tape.
While I can see room for improvement, I’ve very happy with the shadows and light in this one. I’ll be looking at some more of my attempts later over the following couple of weeks, but I felt this was a pretty good start for $50.oo of new equipment.