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.

Getting flashy

16 thoughts on “Getting flashy

  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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