Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Post shoot notes

I'm always a bit dazed after a studio shoot - the flashing is kind of irritating. I can only imagine what it's like from the model's perspective.

I had a great shoot - very nice model. I wanted to try some familiar lighting to start, but using the new White Lightning flash unit as the main. No problems there. And then try some other things I'd been wanting to try that would have been unreliable with the old setup simply because of the triggering system I was using. The usual method is to trigger one flash, and the other has a photosensor that responds. Well, that's great, but when you're using very directed light as I often do it won't even hit the back of the other light. There are several solutions but I went with a new wireless system with dedicated receivers on every flash unit. Worked great.

When you're trying something new it is super nice to have an experienced model like I had today - you can really just focus on your end of things and let her do her part. This particular model is deaf and I imagine she's kind of used to being put on autopilot - just jot down a few instructions, point out the critical angles (body this way, face that way, whatever), and just get it done!

Anyway, hopefully I'll have a new shoot up fairly soon!


Blogger Noah said...

Did you go with the Pocket Wizard setup? I couldn't be happier with my PW Plus units. Although I'm only using one reciever. Last week I had an occasion where I had the bg light just too far away from the key, and it wouldn't fire. Made me realize how important dedicated recievers are.

2:59 PM  
Blogger San Francisco Nudes said...

I actually use the ones sold by White Lightning and Alien Bees (two wings of the same company.) $40 versus $200ish for the Pocket Wizards and they seem to work fine. The company's customer service is excellent so if there's a problem I'm sure they'll take care of it.

3:35 PM  

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