I got an assignment to photograph four younger candidates who are running for school board trustee. (Read the story Young trustee candidates defy stereotypes ) Since they were younger I wanted to use edgier lighting and have more of a magazine look.
To light this image I used an Alien Bees ABR800 ring flash powered by a Pure Sine Inverter and an 18Ah Battery since there wasn’t a power source outside. I placed two 550EX flashes behind them at 45-degrees and zoomed the flashes to 50mm. They were set to full power. The ABR800 was at 1/4 or 1/2 power I think. It was a cloudy day so I didn’t need much power to overcome the ambient light.
The first few images had bad lens flare from the side lights so I taped tinfoil to the sides of the lights to block the light from hitting my lens. Tinfoil and tape is very handy to keep in your lighting bag!
On the camera side I used a 5D Mark-II and a Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift lens. I had the lens tilted all the way to keep the lines straight on the building as well as the people since I was shooting from a lower angle. I shot at 1/60sec, ISO200, f13.
Typically I shoot at low apertures however, since the Tilt-Shift lens blurs the top and bottom of the frame when you tilt the lens you need to shoot at a small aperture to make the image sharp. Notice how the legs and steps are a little bit softer and the faces are sharp.