- The Ring Flash
- The Alternative to a Ring Flash
- Positioning the Camera
- Camera and Lens Settings
- Framing and Texture
- Simple Adjustments in Post
- And Now It's Your Turn
- Nikon D3X
- Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4
- Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Shutter speed: 1/200th of a second
- Aperture: f/2.8
- ISO: 1000 (for a grainy look)
- File Format: Raw
- White Balance: 5200K
My name is Blair Bunting and I am a commercial photographer based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. From the time I started seriously shooting at 19, I've worked to develop my own photographic vision and style through lighting and photographic techniques. My work essentially has a contrasty, edgy, specular look that has found some popularity in recent years.
The Ring Flash
The Alternative to a Ring Flash
All these parts are included the kit, which Photoflex® put together for photographers who already have their own shoemount flash unit and LiteStand, but who need everything else to utilize an extra small OctoDome®.
With the light and camera in place, I had Kendall stand with his back right up against the white seamless paper backdrop, approximately two feet away from the camera and OctoDome®. [figure 3]
Camera and Lens Settings
Framing and Texture
With the lens opened up to f/1.4 and the power on the flash dialed down a bit to compensate for exposure, I was ready to take my final shots. Here's a raw frame with Kendall looking away from the lens. [figure 7]
In reviewing this result, I really loved the limited depth of field, as well as the quality of light. As you can see, the lighting is almost identical to what you would get from a ring flash.
Simple Adjustments in Post
Here's another favorite with Kendall looking straight into the lens, processed similar to the previous shot. [figure 9]
As you can see, the lighting, the camera position, the lens choice, the high ISO, and the tonal and color adjustments all helped to create this specific look I was going for.
The biggest piece of advice I have for aspiring photographers is to get out there and experiment with what you have, particularly with lighting and subject matter. Finding your photographic vision can be challenging at times, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. So don't forget to enjoy the process!
Written and photographed by Blair Bunting (www.blairbunting.com)
Assistance and setup shots by Paul Morton
Modeled by Kendall