I have been in New York now for just over two weeks and I have been suffering from Photoshoot Deficiency Syndrome (PDS) as I haven’t done any shoot since I left Jamaica. This is for more than jut one reason, lack of model, lack of makeup artist and a lack of my full lighting gear. However, I did carry my camera gear and speedlights, so being a resourceful photographer I decided to purchase a few low cost lighting equipment in a bid to get some photography going. I checked on Amazon.com and found myself a great Impact heavy duty light stand, Interfit metal umbrella bracket, a small Neewer 32″ reflector and I decided to experiment with this interesting 24″x36″ umbrella type softbox with grid. I also had to get myself a set of Paul C. Buff Cybersyc trigger and receiver. I got the gear from Amazon.com and Paul C. Buff a few days ago, one problem solved, now to get a model. I didn’t want to try out this experimental lighting on a full on shoot with a model so I decided to go for the next best thing, myself! Hmm… how would this work?
I decided to go with a two light set up for this shoot, a main light, kick light at the back and then used the reflector for a little fill light. With my lighting all planned out I went to work making a mess of the living room! I employed the use of chairs, boxes, ottoman… well basically anything I could find to rest stuff on since I only had one light stand, no tripod and no assistant. After moving things around, improvising like a mad man and running back and forth doing test shots I was ready!
I ran to the closet, grabbed a suit and a watch and I was ready for my closeup. After running back and forth, checking the camera LCD, tweaking and shooting I managed to get that awesome self portrait at the top of this post. I did some post work on the photo to give it that little extra suppin’ suppin’. This is how I get it all done as explained visually in the lighting diagram below.