“A Wrinkle in Time” a collaborative shoot designed to showcase the balance between young, soft, and fluid and the predicted future of a life structured, brittle, and rough.
Using the Fujifilm speedlite (listed below) placed within a basic diffuser that I purchased on Amazon.com at just above subject eye-level and slightly off to either side, it creates a great deal of light that is dispersed relatively evenly across the models face. You can see there is some fall-off towards the bottom of each frame. Stylistically, this does not bother me, however if you wish to cure this, you could apply a second light source directed to the lower half of the subject. The flash was set to manual mode at 1/1 power and triggered wirelessly using my favorite triggers on the market, the LightPix Labs Flash Q20 Triggers. They are the smallest triggers around and work phenomenally. Choosing the power of your flash depends on so many different elements that will change with each shoot. I love the hands on approach so I don’t mind manually making adjustments, some prefer using TTL mode, this is also a great choice. Each flash will be different so do not be afraid to have your model pose for a few test shoots while you get the lighting dialed in. Once we had everything setup we went for it, using white butcher paper to create each look was a blast. It really allowed Trinity to get a physical grasp on the concept.
This shoot was a blast to create. Strictly using the 16-55mm f2.8 lens to grab some amazing shots, the lens is one of my favorites. The lens can hold f2.8 all the way though the entirety of its zoo, amazing – it preforms well within low light settings also. This lens is a no brainer and an easy choice for me when it comes to shooting in the studio. Because my “studio” is such a tight space, shooting at a 16mm offers me the ability to go super wide and really make the room feel a lot bigger than it truly is; while at the same time I can crop in and get some beautiful portraits. Lets not forget my favorite pro tip. Dont be afraid to shoot up at your subjects. It makes for a really interesting shot as well as distorts portions the just right amount.
About the Setup:
All items used on this shoot were purchased though www.amazon.com. I love amazon, they offer super quick delivery (free two day shipping for Prime members) and their return policy is amazing. I am always trying out new gear; simply put, purchasing from Amazon.com makes it extremely easy to decide what is worth my coin and what isn’t.
There was nothing special about the flash or the kit used to deliver the light, this shoot was more about understanding how lighting works and using the room to reflect the light onto the subject. This is a great method for budget photographers and can deliver some powerful results. I had the model near a metal door, normally photographers would shy against it but using the reflective surface allowed from some great highlights on areas that wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise. #ThePerfectStorm
Check out the images and leave a comment below if you have any questions. As usual, because I like to test the use of gear against the longevity of my bank account, I will list all the gear used below for you to try as well.
Models Instagram: @Trinity
Photographers Instagram: @jjDemir
Camera: Fujifilm X-T2 & Battery Grip
Lens: Fujifilm XF 16-55
Flash: Fujifilm EF-X500
Soft-box: Neewer 32″ Softbox
Lightstand: Neewer 75″ Lightstand
Speedlite Clamp: Anwenk Flash Speedlite Clamp