Small Town Photojournalism

A Photo Blog by Matthew Jonas

The Gallery Owner and the Speedlights

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© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I shoot a lot of environmental portraits and have written about it before. Generally I choose to light a portrait and not include the gear that I use to do it with in the actual picture. I’m not sure where I got the idea or what I was looking at that gave me the inspiration but this time I decided to leave it in. I’m still not sure if I like it or not but think I am going to run it this week as the main photo in a supplemental publication we have called Upslope.

As for the technical information (because I know a few of you want to know) I used a pair of Nikon Sb-80DXs, Pocket Wizard Plus IIs, a 1/8 Honl Speed Grid, a 1/4 CTO gel and a 40 inch silver umbrella. I don’t remember what the flash power settings were but I know they were dialed way down. I was adding to the ambient in this case not overpowering it. You can see be the way the light falls off on the ground how much of the frame I was lighting.

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