OK, so I’m not really blinding anyone with my off camera flash.
But it’s partially true with our single flash assignment, which we had to use flash as our only light source (which meant overpowering any available light). To me this wasn’t much of a big deal after using flash in plenty of situations for the Riverfront Times. Only thing new for me was using a manual setting on my flash and using it off camera. The approaching and interaction with the subject was the same, though. From our takes we had to apply two different methods using flash, direct and bounce. Of course when I got word about the Soulard Oktoberfest and the drinking competition I knew I would end up going with that situation for my direct flash. While I had plenty of great fill-flash and no-flash photos from the event, I of course had to abide by the “must overpower the available light source” for my select. I chose this one for obvious reasons:
Now, as far as the bounce flash photos went I wasn’t as sure what my subject matter would be. I was thinking something with big white walls or floors, maybe a janitor working, maybe a bar or comedy wars. I finally just went out to one of the regular MU activities, Stitch ‘N Bitch, a movement schools and organizations across the country are doing to promote devalued “women’s work” as well as an activity for people to meet, knit, crochet and chat. For some reason my off-camera shoe cord wasn’t cooperating with me so I had to fire from on camera. This wasn’t so much a problem with bounce but I wasn’t able to get the angle of shadows (or lack there of ) that I wanted. Here’s the shot I ending up choosing:
I also went to the MU Art Department’s wood shop lab, hoping to find some crazy wood chips flying around, but just found the lab technician cutting some pieces for a photo frame. I liked the compositions a little better than the Stitch ‘N Bitch, but they just weren’t as engaging. Here are some of my outtakes from both shoots: