Lighting The Presenter Quickly

1 03 2009

THE presenter photo is more or less the one thing every radio presenter has.

It goes online, it goes on the signed cards, and it’s used on promotional materials.

365/58 - Sam

Sam Plank is a very well known name around Staffordshire, especially Stoke-on-Trent. He shall broadcasting on Focal Radio very soon, which you can listen in on DAB in the North Staffs/South Cheshire Area.

People like him, though, are busy. Meetings, preperation for shows, and leading a life away from the station all have demands on his time. So he hardly has a few seconds to sit down for a photo. It’s a case of grab and snap.

Which is what i had to do. Using a Canon Speedlite 580EXII on camera with the white bounce card extended, you can get lights in the eyes to make it more natural. I also used the 430EX off camera behind and to the right, bounced, to provide rim/fill light. This covered the rest of the room, and allowed for even lighting. The important part was that it was all using ETTL.

Canon’s ETTL (Evaluative through-the-lens) flash system is considered to be very good, and improved on previous versions. It works very well for me, doing the job it needs to do every time.

News Team

I am in this photo. So i cannot take the shot. However, Tom Kingham can. Using Canon’s ETTL system, he took this of the Focal Radio news team. The auto measures, even though i manually adjusted them, made it so much easier and quicker to get the shot done. Also, using aperture priority, and autofocus, it was a basic case of zoom, focus, and shoot. Not much to do really, as it was all set up before hand.

365/54 - Mini

Using ETTL, you can still take some really good shots. You have to modify the light, yes. And affect the exposure compensation, but ETTL does a lot of the work for you. Using a barndoors, honeycomb grid, diffusers, etc, I managed to get this shot of the Mini. It’s only a tiny scale model of the car, but still lit very well (in my opinion at least)

Lighting is fun, and lighting can give you some really good shots.

You’ve just got to know how, and when, to use it well.

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