Getting flashy


After my ‘natural light’ training session with Andrew at 36exp, the next session involved off-camera flash. It took place in a graffiti-covered underpass near Waterloo station in south London.


It was a fantastic setting, visually. Unfortunately, the morning of the shoot was a much colder one than the previous few days and the underpass was also a natural wind tunnel, amplifying the chill factor.


Arnaud, the model for the day, was a real pro. He did not complain once during the two-hour session, even though I could see the tip of his nose was getting a little red towards the end! He was so charming and enthusiastic, despite the fact he had to stand around at many points while I was being taught some of the more technical aspects of using flash units and umbrellas to best effect. He also saved the day (and my wallet) when a sudden, strong gust of wind came through the underpass and blew my lighting umbrella and flash light over. Before I had even realised what was going on, he lunged forward and grabbed it preventing my flash unit smashing on the concrete.


It has been some time since I last used my flash units in a creative way and Andrew taught me some really useful new ways to create more dramatic lighting effects.


I’d be interested to know if you have a favourite shot from the selection I’ve posted. And please don’t hesitate to say if any of the shots don’t work for you, too. Whether it’s a pose, or the lighting, or the composition, I’m always keen to understand more about what is having an impact and what isn’t.

16 thoughts

  1. Not sure why but I can’t stop looking at the second one. I like how it’s “dark” but you can still see the model without the “flash” look. I know none of that really makes sense and it doesn’t truly explain why I like it, but I do. I REALLY like it. Keep up the awesome work!

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