Light Illuminates, Shadows Define

Light illuminates, shadows define. That's one of my favorite photo expressions.

Here's another one: Shadows can be your friend.

And another one (mine): Take the darn flash off the camera.

Today, I thought I'd play around with shadows using a cool, new accessory, the Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid from ExpoImaging.

This cool accessory, designed for any Speedlite, gives you control over the spread of the light from the flash.Three different grid angles are available: 25°, 45°, and when the grids are stacked together, 16°.

The Rogue Grid attached to a flash with Velcro®. The grids are inserted into the collar, and as I mentioned, can be stacked.

I took the opening shot for this post with my Canon 580EX II positioned off-camera on a stand. I fired it using my Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter.

I used Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro to create the sepia effect and to add the border. For info on Nik Software, and to get a discount, click here.

Yes, you can create a circular lighting effect with the Rogue Grid. I'm going to try that next. Right now, I'm taking a nap . . . I'm still recovering from jet lag. Just back from Amsterdam, off to Alaska tomorrow.

Explore the light,

P.S. Try making a picture in which the shadow is a main part of the image.