November Open Evening - Testing the Flash Ring Light

Our open evenings are always popular at Studio 2, and this month we got the chance to try out a shiny, new piece of kit – the flash ring light.

Undeterred by the wind and rain, local photographers and studio regulars Chris and Clayton arrived at the studio for the session, first catching up over a VERY welcome cup of coffee before starting to set up the flash ring light.

 

 The Bowens Flash Ring Light

The Bowens Flash Ring Light

No one had used one before but after a courageous joint effort, we managed to set the ring light up. We attached it to one of our 500w flashlights, mounted it on a tripod and then bolted my Nikon 800 camera to the back – simple!

We tried a number of different portrait setups using the mannequin against the white infinity curve as well as a grey wall.

The two key effects of using a ring light are the light catchments in the eye - a circle of light around the pupil is what you're wanting (but doesn't work on our mannequin as she has glass eyes!).

The other effect is a shadow around the whole of your subject - ideal for edgy fashion shots.

Clayton was great experimenting with our new piece of kit and thanks are due to him for reminding us all how to properly use a light meter. The studio possesses a Sekonic Flashmate L-308S for those in the know...

 

 Light Meter

Light Meter

 Ring flash in eye

Ring flash in eye

 Ring flash on white 

Ring flash on white 

 Ring flash on grey

Ring flash on grey

We also got the chance to learn about Chris's latest book, a publication he authored, published and produced cover photography for. Entitled The Memoirs of Kayleigh Sanderson, 1: Born to Lose, you can buy your very own copy here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/ All proceeds for this, and for Chris's Kenyan Journey, go to the home and school he volunteered at earlier this year, and the second part of both books will be available from Blurb at the beginning of 2018. Find Kenyan Journey here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/

Well done, Chris!

For your diaries:

Our next open evening will be on Tuesday 5th December. We'll be having a quick break in January but will be back again on Tuesday 6th February. See you soon!