I had an idea for my portrait photography the other day that I really wanted to try out. It was more about the lighting and what could be achieved with one off-camera-flash, a reflector and 2 led torches.
I summoned my son, who was helping fold sheets, and asked him to pose quickly for me. I had set up my main flash with soft box above his head facing down at about 45 degrees, I also had 2 LED flash lights either side of him and asked him to hold the reflector under his face, white side up.
I was hoping to bounce some fill light off the reflector to soften the shadows on his face. As the reflector is so big, I also had to hold the other side and try to hold my camera and manually focus at the same time! A balancing act that took a bit to get a hold of.
After finding focus, I asked him to think of certain things, mainly about his favourite funny subject: farts and the like, and was able to get some good facial expressions out of him than the usual dull bored look!
The time it took to set up, call my son, take the shots, then pack everything away, I think took no more than 5 minutes. Everything was close at hand and the lightweight light stands made it easy to put the lights in the right positions. My camera had performed brilliantly and the clarity I got from the jpgs were amazing. I chose not to shoot in RAW as I was in a hurry, but overall after editing in PhotoShop, I think they turned out great.
I now have a “formula” or look I can easily replicate for future portraits.