If you have been following this blog, or my Instagram, I have been learning to use a new light modifier. Specifically they are the Rapid Box from Westcott. These new modifiers are specifically designed to work with small flash, or speedlights. They are very flexible to work with any size and brand of flash, and they setup very quickly.
Online, I have seen photographers that have used these for portrait sessions. They seem to work very well, and I am anxious to try them out on some people photos, but in the mean time, I have been experimenting on using them with smaller subjects. The blooming spring flowers in my backyard were my first tries, and I have blogged about them here. The difference with the Rapid Box vs. the bare flash was clearly evident from the first photo. The light is diffused and spread nicely with the Rapid Box making hard shadows disappear when photographing sections of flowers that poke out from the centers, making the light seem like it is coming from the sun on an overcast day rather than from a speedlight only a foot away.
The lightness of the softbox allows you to really put it in places that a standard softbox cannot go because of size or weight. Here is a behind the scenes photo of another shoot showing the camera position and the softbox setup:
The box is not in shooting position in this photo. I held the stand in my hand before taking the photo with the timer so I could see exactly where the light was going. It was a bit complicated, but the results are much better than what I could get without the flash.
Cameras LOVE light. To get better images, you need to have as much light on your sensor as you can get. The technology that they have built into these flashes is optimized to give you better images if they are set up correctly. They need practice to get them to work best, which is why I have been working with these on static subjects before I put them in front of people. If the flowers are any indication, I am confident that these boxes will work great. Stay tuned to find out!
The weather has been very kind the last couple of days. Flowers seem to be popping out of yards to enjoy the sun as well. To get out and enjoy the new blooms, I have used the macro lens more with some flash modifiers to make some nice even light on the flowers. I am finding so much more about how light and lenses can be used this way which is drastically different from portrait setups. I’ll post more about this as I learn more from this setup. In the meantime, here are some hydrangea and clematis flowers that were fresh out of the garden.
When you get out the macro lens, a whole new world opens up in your garden. At this time, the blooms in your yard hold many details that can only be seen up close. The clematis flowers have a beautiful color and very detailed center. It is only with the macro lens that you can appreciate all of the tiny structures of the flower. In subsequent posts, I hope to show more of my work in the garden. The combination of the macro lens and flash helps to make my photos stand out!
It was a damp but beautiful Easter Sunday with the family. We had lots of dogs underfoot, lots of food, and Easter egg hunt, and of course, more photos. Hope all of you had a great day with your families as well!
Additionally, we took some time to get some nice posed family photos. As can be seen, the family is growing! Although we are all together here, it will likely be difficult to do as more join us. Then it will be harder to gather with different obligations pulling us in different directions. With this in mind, I encourage everyone to take as many post photos as possible. Without a doubt, they are treasured as the years go by. Happy Easter!
I am editing photos from another ballroom dance event, the River City Ballroom Dance Competition, and I hope to have them up by this upcoming weekend. They will be posted to the regular proofing site with the other photos-