I was asked to covered the backdrop shoot for the guests at the Blackberry event sometime last year. It was a different experience for me. As soon as I got the job, I realized what the challenges are for me. Nevertheless, I still take on the challenge positively.
My biggest constraint that night was lighting problem. They placed the event backdrop in an open space, with little available lighting. At the same time, I only have two flash guns available, one Canon Speedlite 580EX II, and a Nikon SB-900. I don’t have lightstand, I don’t have umbrella, so, it spells trouble for me. I had to make do with what I have available. I mounted my Canon 580EX II onto my tripod (My tripod was a faulty one, it can’t stand at full height), and then placed the tripod on top of a table. The Canon 580EX II was placed to the right of this photo on a higher level. It was naked, without any diffuser. I directed the flash diagonally towards the other side of the backdrop (to the left of the photo), and set the speedlite to M mode.
To light up the left side of the photo, I could only placed the Nikon SB-900 to a lower level (compared to the Canon flash), and enabled the SU-4 mode, also setting it to M mode. The output here is lesser than the one from Canon 580EX II. I put on the diffuser onto the SB-900.
I must say, I wasn’t really pleased with the outcome of the photo, but that’s the best I could do with what I have that time. Hence, it means that I gotta invest on lightstands and umbrella pretty soon.
Last but not the least, I must thank Andy Phe for taking the photo of me and the usherettes that night. Lovely ladies, and working crew.