We recently photographed Eleanor Joy Overvoorde at a bridal themed modelling shoot. Here I will explain our flash setup and provide you with some of the resulting photos.
As you can see from the photo above we decided to shot the model sitting on a chair. Our flash setup was as follows
- We used the amazing Westcott Rapid Box for our main keylight. The beauty of this box is it versatility, you can use it as a softbox or pop an addition in the middle and you have a beauty dish. The Westcott box is also an ‘umbrella style’ box, so is really easy to put up and down. We popped the Westcott onto the Manfrotto boom arm we have, this allowed us to get the light exactly where we wanted it, illuminating the front of our model. This was pointing down at a 45° angle, giving a lovely light coverage of the models face, this also gives lovely catch lights in the eyes. We had a TTL speedlight with TTL trigger for this light, giving us great control over our look.
- We popped up a Shoot through umbrella on a stand off to camera right. This was a fill light and was used to fill in shadows on the left hand side of our model. Again this was angled downwards at a 45° angle. Another speedlight was used for this light. Shoot through umbrellas are great for a ‘pop-up’ style studio we had here, they are compact and light for travelling and go up in seconds.
- Another shoot through umbrella on a stand off to camera left. This was another fill light and was used to fill in shadows on the right hand side of our model. Again this was angled downwards at a 45° angle. We used our ProFoto B1 for this light, you can find a review of this here.
On this shoot we were using our Yongnuo ETTL triggers. One trigger was placed onto the key light in manual mode. The other two flashes were then set in slave mode. This setup enabled both myself and Ben to shoot simultaneously using a further two triggers on each of our cameras.
Here are some examples of shots that we achieved using this setup.
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