When we think of lightas being the raw material of our photographs, it seems counter intuitive that some of the most exciting times to make images is when there is not much of it around.
This series of images were made as part of a demonstration for a recent flash photography workshop I did for the Orms Cape Town School of Photography. The goal of the session was to use simple speedlight flash setups to create interesting, complimentary light to accentuate our models in an environment with very light light available.
The setups featured two or three speedlights each, with the main light usually in a small collapsible softbox, and the accents lighting subject directly. The flashes were set to manual mode and triggered with wireless radio transmitters.
Making successful images in marginal lighting conditions can be challenging, but using flash gives us enough control to tailor the situation to the mood we want to create, and when photographing in the environment, mood is the whole goal of the exercise...
These images were made with a Fuji X-T1, 35mm F1.4 and 55 - 200mm F3.5 - 4.8 lenses, Nikon SB-800 and SB-24 flashes, a Phottix collabsible softbox, and Yongnuo speedlight transmitters