Sometimes available light is not enough or is in the wrong place. The recent promo shoot I did for Hansel & Gretel was a reminder of why you should always have an alternative light source with you. As you will see from the pix, the subjects were effectively within a box, that was in the painting dock back stage. I wanted to make the pix as visually interesting as possible and to provide sub-editors with a variety of landscape and portrait aspect ratios to help with page layouts. On camera flash wasn’t going to work either. The solution was to pop the flash unit on an adjacent step ladder and then use pocket wizard mini tt1 and flex tt5 units to trigger it remotely. I was not too concerned about the harsh shadows cast on the back of the booth as I considered they added to the theatricality of the subject.
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