Sometimes you set up a photo gig and events conspire to make things tricky. Things get late so your option to use the fading evening light goes, there’s freezing temperatures, there’s wind. Still, with basic off-camera flash techniques you can still pull off a reasonable, worth-having result. Here’s a shot of Bristol folk-pop exponents taken in just such conditions.
This image was shot with a Canon 580 flash and a silver fling umbrella, held from flying away by an assistant. To ensure reasonable coverage the umbrella was set back so light fall-off wouldn’t be too dramatic. The minor players didn’t get enough light, some fill would have been good, there’s too much contrast, but I still like it better than most run-of-the-mill shots of landfill indie blokes with hands in pockets.
This image appeared in the Christmas 2008 edition of Bristol Venue listings magazine.