April 9, 2012
On this blog we've been showing lots of photographs shot in our Vermont photo studio, and now here's one of the studio itself. I staged this shot to give a sense of the space and show some of our gear. This is not actually how I would set up the lighting for a photo of my two lovely daugthers, but hey, I have artistic license. And before my friend and fellow photographer Werner comments on the incredible depth of field of that 17mm TS lens, let me just confess right now that this image was focus-stacked. I took one shot focused on and exposed for the two ladies, and a second refocused and exposed for the foreground strobe light. I then manually combined the two images in Photoshop. The result shows what this scene actually looked like to me while looking through the camera.
For you techies out there, these strobes from Paul C. Buff are all radio controlled. See that little antenna plugged into the top of the foreground light? It's actually a radio receiver and each strobe has one. The camera has a transmitter mounted on its hotshoe. When I press the shutter, all the strobes fire. I also have a handheld transmitter that allows me to control each light individually. I can turn them on or off and change their power settings in 1/10 stop increments without ever stepping away from the camera. If you come to our studio to have your picture taken, or to have us photograph your products, I'd be happy to show you how it all works!