I've always been very wary of using strobe lighting in my photography, mainly because I have absolutely no training in it. However, a couple of the events I attended in 2015 inspired me to have a go. At Scott Kelby's workshop in September he demonstrated some Yongnuo flashes and triggers which make off-camera flash much more affordable - indeed they're about a tenth of the price of the Canon equivalent! I put a flash and trigger on my Christmas list and hoped…. Then in October I was inspired by a talk I attended by the architectural photographer Sean Conboy, who lights many of the buildings he photographs using off-camera flashes. On Christmas Day Santa made my wish come true and I am now the proud owner of a Yongnuo YN560 IV flash gun and the YN560-TX trigger. We've been out and about so much in recent days that I haven't had a chance to play with them, until today that is. With wet weather outside I plumped for a little still life photography and did my best to clean the water marks (not very successfully!) off a wine glass before shooting it. The images I've shared here are the results of my experimentation. Admittedly they're not great works of art but it was an interesting exercise in what happens when you aim the light in different directions and modify it in different ways. All were taken with a white paper backdrop but I've done a little toning on some of them subsequently to add a hint of colour here and there.
Playing with light
by Helen Hooker January. 02, 2016 3052 views