En­joy a drum les­son

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Bounce the lights

Put two flash­guns on two light stands ei­ther side of your sub­ject, with big white boards or walls be­hind those to bounce light back. Turn on one at a time and start at 1/8 power. Keep­ing the power low means the re­cy­cle time is quicker, so you can cap­ture the shots faster.

2 Put your cam­era in Com­mand

You don’t need to use any wire­less trig­gers for this, just Com­man­der mode. In your Nikon’s menu, nav­i­gate to Cus­tom Set­ting Menu>Brack­et­ing/flash>Flash Ctrl for Built-in Flash and choose Com­man­der Mode. Now set your Speed­light to re­mote or slave mode.

3 Soak your sub­ject

Pour lots of wa­ter over the skin, then have your drum­mer bash the liv­ing day­lights out of the drum. You’ll see wa­ter splash­ing up ev­ery­where, so take some prac­tice shots in man­ual mode at 1/200 sec shut­ter speed at f/8 and ISO500 to see where the splashes end up.

4 Fill from the front

Use the pop-up flash to not only trig­ger your slave Speed­lights, but also to fill in the light from the front, which rids you of any shad­ows com­ing across the model’s face. If you want to add an­other flash for that ex­tra boost, mount a Speed­light on your hot­shoe.

5 Add a coloured gel

Coloured gels lift the stan­dard white flash light. We put a colour tem­per­a­ture or­ange gel on one flash­gun and a green on the other to ac­cen­tu­ate the fan­tas­tic samba colours in our drum­mer’s cos­tume and drum (see Is­sue 65, page 40 for our tu­to­rial on us­ing coloured gels).

6 Pick a well-timed shot

Shoot in con­tin­u­ous burst mode to en­able your­self to cap­ture a few shots in a row. You can then pick from your favourite shots when you get them on the com­puter later. We found that the most ex­cit­ing shots came when the drum­mer had just struck the skin.

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