This is a total Photo Nerd Post. If that applies to you, please read on :cool:.
So I was doing an advertising campaign shoot yesterday and I decided it was high time to try out my new LumoPro LP180 flashes on a real job. I was shooting a high key setup that required 4 flashes to do. I setup my Nikon SBs as key and backlights and I wanted to use the LP180 as a kicker.
So I set it up and took some test shots. Nothing worked. It was like the LP180 was killing all the other flashes’ signals. So I turned it off, everything worked perfectly. Weird. 😈 Then I remember that I must have the slave mode in the wrong setting. So I changed it and still the setup wouldn’t work. I was totally buffaloed. I was able to borrow an SB-910 to help me finish the shoot but when I got home, I had to figure out what the heck was going on. I setup the flashes and started running through the slave mode settings on the LP-180. When I got to S2-3, thats when the magic happened. Everything was working perfectly and my two LP180s were triggering just fine within the Nikon CLS. I was using my SU-800 commander remote which I love, but I tested it also with the pop up flash on camera. Worked perfectly. So, if you shoot Nikon CLS and want to use the awesome LumoPro LP180 flash alongside your Nikon kit, fear not! It works flawlessly in the S2-3 slave configuration. Cheers! 😎
I love Joe McNally. He rocks the set. His knowledge and experience when it comes to lighting are some of the best in the business. I just got his book The Hot Shoe Diaries from the Library but I will be buying it in the future. It is incredible! 😀 For anyone wanting to learn more about small flashes and flash photography, this is the book for you – even better if you shoot Nikon like Joe and all the really good photographers do (but Canonites can learn from the principles) 😉 The book takes you through various photos that Joe has made using creative lighting. He talks about all the tips and tricks used to get the shot which is really helpful for people just beginning. After reading the first half of the book, I decided I would to and try out some of his principles when it comes to off camera flash. I include here the sample image and a diagram of how I setup the shot.
Photo Geek Info: ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/4000, 16mm, Exposure Compensation -1 ev, Flash Output +3ev, i-TTL Mode with Auto FP enabled. Phew!
So tonight I was trying some way cool smoke tricks I saw on Gavin Hoey’s YouTube page. His tutorial is super cool and explains everything so I won’t repeat it all here. But it’s a fun technique that creates some really neat shots!
Then, you can get creative and go the next step further and do some colorizing in Photoshop (or in my case, GIMP). It also works pretty darn slick!