One of the last stops I made on my way back home from New York this past October was at my friend Laura’s in NJ. I had always wanted to work with her as a subject and this time I finally got my chance. After a late dinner of delicious Indian cuisine we re-arranged some furniture in her apartment’s living room and got to work. Pulled out an sb-800 with the Ezybox first thing since it had failed to let me down yet. Both of these images were made with just that one light and modifier. We kept pulling the ottoman she was sitting on forward until the fall off of light hitting the wall behind her was at the right level for what we were trying to accomplish.
For almost the entire shoot I was using just the one light. Kinda felt like Zack Arias for a minute there. Though I suppose since I wasn’t using big strobes and just using nikon speedlights, you might be thinking “more like McNally” but, there is no way Joe could use just one. Just his lighting gear bag is drool-worthy. I’ll get there someday, it just probably wont be anytime soon, and since he’s not likely to stop buying gear I’ll probably always be envious of what he’s got in his bag. For now though I’m making do with what I’ve got: 2 speedlights, a pair of shoot through umbrellas, a 5-in-1 reflector/diffuser and now this 24″ Ezybox. You’d be surprised what these few tools can accomplish. BTW if anyone actually compared me to either Zack or Joe at this point in my career, I’d probably piss myself.
On a side note: I bumped up the image sizes for this post, since the portrait oriented shots were leaving some space on either side, and frankly it bugged me. I like things to line up, have a certain order about them, but then some of you already knew that about me, didn’t you. What do you guys think of the giant-size photos? Do you want me to go back and upsize the older posts too?