|Croton-on-Hudson painter Eddi Flemming. Photographed © Rick Sammon|
To test the new gear, I set out to make a photograph of a person with a very discerning eye: local painter Eddi Flemming. Yes, I wanted to test and get familiar with my new camera and speedlites, but I also wanted Eddie to be 100 percent happy with the environmental portrait - a picture of the artist in her environment.
Hey! Did you notice how I framed Eddi in the red canvas in the background . . . just as a painter would frame his or her subject.
Above is the result of the shoot. Eddi not only loved the color, but she also commented on the sharpness of the image. I had the same comments. But for you photographers out there, I'll add that the new speedlites and transmitter are super easy to use - and the ETTL is super accurate.
I used two speedlites for the shoot - one set on channel A and the other on B. Both were set on ETTL.
My main speedlite, positioned to camera left in a Westscott Apollo Orb soft box, was set, via the on-camear transmitter, to 0EV exposure compensation.
My fill light, hand-held by my wife, Susan, was positioned to camera right and was set, via the transmitter, to -2EV for just a touch of fill light.
Adjusting the power output of the speedlites is a fast and easy, "touch-of-a-buttons and twirl-of-a-dial process."
I know a lot of pros who set their speedlites on the Manual mode. However, I have found that ETTL works perfectly for me. As my dad used to say, "To each his own."
Above is a behind-the-scenes shot taken by Susan. She was using a 5D Mark III and Canon 14mm lens. For my shot, I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 17-40mm lens.
My camera was tethered to my MacBook Pro with a Tether Tools kit.
|One of my favorite Eddi Flemming paintings.|
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P.S. Believe it or not, Rick "Raw Rules" Sammon shot at the RAW+ Large JPEG setting. The image you see here was from the Large JPEG settings. I'll process my RAW file when I get the ACR plug-in.