Strobist 101

07-19-2010

I’ve recently ventured into the realm of artificial lighting. It was an inevitable progression if I was to keep on growing as a more complete photographer. Thanks to various online blogs and tutorials, I had begun learning about the subject way before taking the plunge and buying two YN-460 strobe flashes made by Yongnuo in Hong Kong.

I purchased my YN-460 strobe flashes from dslrbaby for a little less than $40.00 USD a piece and a CTR-301 Wireless Studio Flash Trigger + 3 receivers for around $50.00 USD with FREE SHIPPING. Although the standard shipping took awhile to deliver (around 20 plus days), the wait was definitely worth it.

Here are my very first images taken with one YN-460 shot through a white umbrella around 45 degrees above left from the subject at full power, a silver reflector positioned slightly above right, and another YN-460 on the right pointed to the white blanket which I used as a background.

Minolta Dimage 7

Minolta Dimage 7

Nike Dart 7

Nike Dart 7

Cornucopia

Cornucopia

The very next day proved to be a more challenging exercise for me. Capturing water droplets was no easy task. I followed this tutorial from youtube on how to photograph a splash of water. Here are the results.

Metal Baking Pan with Gold Reflector Background

Metal Baking Pan with Gold Reflector Background

Black plastic takeout container with Tungsten WB

Black plastic takeout container with Tungsten WB

Black plastic takeout container with Tungsten WB

Black plastic takeout container with Tungsten WB

Black plastic takeout container with Color Gradient

Black plastic takeout container with Color Gradient

I eventually had to try it on a willing human subject. Enter my ever dependable muse – my baby daughter.

Gabbie 1

Gabbie 1

Gabbie 2

Gabbie 2

It didn’t take long before I was beginning to think like a kid again and experimenting with different applications of light onto my subject. My creativity has been refreshed by artificial lighting. This is the beginning of my journey into the strobist world.

Groovy Gabbie

Groovy Gabbie


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