Shooting in the dim light conditions always present you with a number of difficulties. One of the challenges is to keep enough light in the picture so the image doesn’t feel like a cheap amateur shot with everything around being completely black. I guess before I continue my rant about lights and other stuff, I should point out that this shoot was part of the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Time was a major factor and photo shoot was “additional” perk of the setup. It wasn’t the main priority. So to link all that together, all the lights and environment was set up for film, which I’m going to introduce you in my following blog and video on the YouTube. As usual, I had not much time to properly record behind the scenes since we been on the very tight time crunch, but I’m sure iPhone pictures will do!
So this was our working location
Boxing ring was lid with natural lights from the actual gym, we only used the single light you can see on the left of the image girls putting together. The light wasn’t too powerful around 100watt or so, paired with Profoto softbox diffuser.
Does gear matter? To a point absolutely! Always use best you can, because after all, every quality components serve its purpose and there is actually a good reason why some well-known brands cost so much money. But on the other hand, don’t be discouraged if you lack some of the high-end equipment. Point of this post and following posts, to actually give you an idea, that not always you need to have top end stuff to make things look great. Let’s take a look at the different angle.
The hot spot on the photo is where we aimed our Profoto Light. In reality, it’s not as bright as iPhone made it look. As you can see, setup is very straightforward. Profoto light serves as a nice rim light along with natural gym lights. We additionally used Profoto bounce and some home depot $10 foam boards that I love using for a bounce. They give incredible fill and very cheap, so if you break them, you have plenty more! Now let’s go back to actual photos!
For my strobe light, I used Interfit S1 moonlight, however, because the location is so dark, I could technically use any battery operated flash which go for about $40 on the Amazon. In my opinion, most important item in the whole setup is actual softbox. It’s the last step when your camera fires before capturing an image. Good softbox can do magic even on the mediocre quality light.
Here is the actual location and light placement of the photograph.
And Here are the actual Photos from the entire setup: