On January 26, 2013 In Photo Blog, Tutorials

Shooting Instruments

Guitar & Guitarists & Eye-Fi & Off-Camera Lighting

As a drummer I’ve always admired guitarists and guitars. Had 2 friends came over to my place and decided to use them a models for my [learning to shoot with lighting] experience.

Guitar B&W

Guitar B&W

I have never been a great fan of using lighting when I started photography. Have always relied on outdoor or natural lighting, but this had opened up and expanded my range of photography.

Other than lighting, one of the things that I really like is how sharp the images turn out to be when you use flash/lighting. Most of the time I’m a pixel peeper, not to admire on the photos, gears and lens that I own, but really to just remind myself to always take sharp images when possible. If you want blurred out photos, you can use editing software such as Lightroom 4 or Photoshop for that. If you end up with a blurred image from the start, there’s nothing much you can do to the image, if you want it to look sharp. It most definitely don’t work both ways!

Guitarist B&W

Guitarist B&W

Guitarist hands and fingers!

Equipment used:

  • 5D3
  • 50mm 1.4 , 16-35 2.8 , 70-200 2.8
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT & Umbrella (Shoot-through)
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

These photos are shot in indoor lighting, mostly with off-camera flash/lighting. I had the other friend help me hold the umbrella while shooting. All photos have been processed in Lightroom 4

Lighting up

Lighting up

I’ve always wanted to shoot someone lighting a cigarette. Cool!

Using the Eye-Fi

Using the Eye-Fi

Useful to have the Eye-Fi around, it helps to entertain the “models” when they see photos of themselves showing up on the iPad. Both “models” were really shy and don’t really like their photos taken, but what the heck, after a few shots and 30 minutes, both of them became interested and were willing to help out in the shoot.

Guitarist portrait

Guitarist portrait

Enough of hands and guitars, let’s go for the body portrait! 🙂 (Especially after they have gotten used to being shot and flashed consecutive times. Not to mention, being more relaxed)

Man of the Century

Man of the Century – Turned out to be a decent shot with lens flare

How I wish this was taken in a better setting, but, that’s my room. Had a choice to crop out the toilet roll at the bottom of the picture, but let’s just keep it funny the way it is 😉

The drummer

The drummer

After all that shooting, time to hand over the camera. Time to fill in the shoes and go through with the experience of being photographed.

Musician and Cigarette

Musician and Cigarette – Somehow they always go together

After all that, a nice cigarette to end the day.

Thanks and great job guys!

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