This is my dad at his workbench. He do
esn't like being phot
ographed so I didn't have much time once he was sitting do
wn. There's a SB-26 camera left with a homemade
softbox, and a 430ex on the right behind a pop up diffuser. The Softbox has a piece of roofing felt over the top, hanging do
wn half over the front panel, to try to isolate the light and stop it spilling onto the ceiling and lighting it up. I wanted to keep the ceiling black so that the overhead light would stand out from the blackness.
There are a number of problems here. First of all, its not as sharp as I'd have liked. I have no modelling light so I was relying on the AF to focus on the eyes, since his face was in deep shado
w (except when the flashes fire) so manual focusing wasn't possible. As I discovered over the summer, my Sigma lenses do
n't work well with the AF in the 7D, so I've all but given up using them. Given the choice I'd have shot
this with the Canon 17-40L instead of the Sigma 10-20 I used. But the garage is too small to get far enough back from the subject to keep the background in the frame at 17mm, I needed the 10mm. So, the focus isn't as sharp as I'd have liked, but thats just tough for me I guess (barring a windfall which would allow me to get the Sigma re-chipped or buy a Canon wide-angle). The other problem that comes from using such a wide lens, so close in, is that the family of angles is quite wide, and there ends up being much more direct reflection than I'd like. The 10-20 also tends to distort a lot around the edges. But again, thats just tough.
Both flashes had a half CTO gel on them to balance with the light on the ceiling, and the one camera right was pointed away from the subject, to try to combat hot
spots. I think the shutter was slower than I'd have liked too. Any higher than 1/125th, some kind of weird thing happened (phase effect?) that made 2 bars of the overhead give a magenta kind of glow and 2 give a greeny glow. Below that they were the same colour.
So I learned some things.
Improvements would've been:
1- A slightly softer light main light camera left
2- A longer focal length (and bigger garage) to narrow the FoA
3- A less grumpy subject
4- A heater! Freezing out there.
5- More practice.....