I spent this past Sunday helping my friend Jer work on a custom trade show booth he was building for prAna for the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Show. As the day progressed we got more and more psyched by his idea. I have to admit it was truly inspiring watching him work and to see the sketch in his book come to life right before my eyes. So if you you are one of the lucky ones attending the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake this weekend be sure to check it out in person.
Since I now see everything as an photographic opportunity - I decided to bring along the the camera and lights and shoot some portraits and document the progress of his project.
While his studio offers ample light from above, I really wanted a more dramatic feel and enhance the texture and depth of the piece.
It was a pretty basic set-up. I used an SB-600 w/ a shoot-thru umbrella mounted on a light stand – in this case in a slightly elevated position behind and to the right of Jer. I used an SB-800 with a 12-inch snoot that was aimed directly at his right shoulder to provide some separation between him and the background.
While being a “basic” set-up it proved to be a great exercise in trouble shooting with regards to the lights. I typically trigger the flashes with radio triggers. Unfortunately one of them was acting up and wasn’t setting off the flash.
I really needed both flashes for this set-up. Thankfully I remembered that the SB-800 can be set to SU-4 mode (slave mode) and therefore can be triggered by my other flash. So I plugged the good radio receiver into the SB-600 and I was back in business.
A BIG thanks to Prana for sharing my images on their Blog!