Optical Slave Triggers – a piece of accessory which is tremendously useful if you work with strobes/speedlights. These are tiny in size but can help you accomplish wonderful photographs. It simply is a light sensitive sensor within which senses the light and triggers the circuit which then ultimately triggers the attached strobe or speedlight.
As photographers, we all know that light is better when it is comes from behind the subject than from the front. Most of us like to capture our portrait with the setting sun in the backdrop once we are at the beach or some sunset point. However, not many like the outcome photograph in such a situation. This is because, either the person comes out dark or he/she appears too bright and the background is burnt.
I love high speed photography & water splashes fascinate me. A few days ago, I decided to get myself splashed with cold water in this hot summer. The results were amazing!
As you can see from the diagram, I took this photograph in a confined space, in my bathroom. I rested the camera on tripod which was just an arm’s length away. A couple of feet to my left was my speedlight with a gobo aimed directly at me without any modifier. The gobo made sure the background was sufficiently dark. The reflector you see in the diagram was the white wall of the bathroom.
Taking the Photograph:
Camera Setting : Aperture – f/6.3, Shutter Speed – 1/200th, ISO 100, Focal Length – 28mm.
For such a photograph in confined space, I was more careful of not wetting my camera and flash. Here, the timing was the key. I had the camera on 10 seconds self-timer & I had to make a splash on my face just at the same time. Its convenient if you have someone to throw water over you. However, after some 10 splashes, I eventually found out the above photograph to be perfect. The formation of water is perfect & so are my expressions. A splash like this hits you hard & as the water enters your nostrils to irritate, getting the right expressions is challenging.
After the RAW processing, I cloned out the tiles pattern in GIMP to get a clear non-obtrusive background. I bumped up the contrast & even applied an unsharp mask. Next, I applied some vignette. Finally, I converted this to Black & White as I wanted it to be.
That’s it & I had my photograph!
A good flashgun is an indispensable accessory for any photographer. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. This is one of the accessory which I highly recommend would improve your photography. However, getting one is not a walk in the park as the market is flooded with hundreds of manufacturers offering tons of flashgun. Separating chalk from cheese is the order of the day. Further, there is no single flashgun which suits all. It all depends on what you would be using & how much budget you can allocate.
Lumenatic did an absolute fab job at shooting a Ferrari in studio. Offcourse, you wouldn’t notice rightaway that it was a scale model of the real car. Inspired from him, I set on my journey to shoot the Mitsubishi Pajero scale model(1:24) which I had since my childhood days. Sure, its not in its original mint position but I had tons of fun shooting it. Not to forget, I learnt a lot about lighting.
To begin with I just used one light for the above shot as my secondary speedlight conked off. It also meant for the second shot, I had to rely on the natural window light in addition to speedlight.
Let me know, how you feel about these shots.