Icon for Question and Answer series - quickie CLS job. SB800 in a ring flash in front; couple more '800's -- 10:00 back camera left and 3:00 camera side right.

  • Remek Trzaska 7y

    and you'll choose to answer 1 out of every 10 questions ;-)
  • Gary Ryan PRO 7y

    That's a lotta lights for two little teeny blocks of wood!
  • Emm Ess PRO 7y

    and I thought I would be done after buying "just one" external flash...
  • mjpatey PRO 7y

    This looks gorgeous, though. And Emm Ess, I feel your pain. Thankfully, a second flash can be as low as $90 for a Vivitar 285HV, and $20 or less to trigger it. :-) Just got my 1-light setup and am starting to feel the desire for #2!
  • Doug Batchelor PRO 7y

    I really like the edge effects from the side and back lights, but I'm curious about the light coming from the ring flash ... it looks like it would be pretty similiar to a shoot-through umbrella or softbox? Is the ring flash easier to work with for a small macro shot like this?

    p.s. i also like the texture/color chosen for the background, it nicely echoes the wood grain of the scrabble tiles. Cool shot!
  • 7y

    Doug809.. Dones't scrabble always come with the wooden holder the tiles are on? Or have they gone all plastic now?
  • Joe Masucci Photography 7y

    I really like the way the light plays along the pieces and overall the exposure is very interesting. Nice work.
  • Marc-Julien Objois PRO 7y

    Emm Ess: Don't despair. You can achieve almost the same effect with your one flash behind and a reflector in front. You wouldn't get the subtle shadow on either edge of each tile, and you may lose a few other effects, but it would probably come out pretty nice.

    Having a limited amount of gear forces you to be creative with your lighting. A lot of pros will tell you "back in my day" stories about how they only had one strobe and twelve reflectors. :)

    The more lights, the more flexibility, but don't despair (and remember that in a pinch, you can use your pop-up flash for fill).
  • Rafiiii 4y

    1 answer for 10 questions.
    i really like this awesome lightning!
  • Kshitij Thakur 4y

    Interesting subject and very true...often the asking right questions is 10 times more important than the knowing the right answer :)
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Taken on September 5, 2008

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