So, if you some how read the title of the blog entry and Nas' "One Mic" came into your mind (or somehow read that in Nas' voice) please receive your free slice of cake at the end of the blog post. As we are one month removed from the glory that is Daylight Savings Time, I've had to find locations that give me the best available light in order to continue shooting Dance Study and Portrait sessions. Outside of the Oculus at the World Trade Center, certain train stations and some parts of Chinatown, there were not many locations available that would allow me to continue shooting dance; well, dance with good amounts of movement.
Then the following thought came to mind. I have two Yongnuo YN-360 LED lights that I could use to light my dancers with while outdoors; stop being lazy, carry them, light up your dancers and be great! They are portable, lightweight and (the techie in me smiles about this) I can control them from my phone.
But here's the thing: I'm used to working with my Speedlites, regardless if the photo session is in a studio or outdoors. The Speedlites offer that nice pop of flash while the Yongnuos offer continuous light; each one wielding their unique sets of pros and cons. Safe to say, I've had an opportunity to get used to the pros/cons of the Speedlites but not yet the pros/cons of the Yongnuo continuous lights. So going into my two sessions this week I was unsure as to what the end results would be.
But then, my God! O. M. G! Once I set up the continuous lights for my session with Christopher and fired off a few test shots I was giddy! The look that I was getting with both of the lights on either side of Chris was amazing. And thanks to the brightness level, I was able to sit comfortably at an ISO of 2000 for most of the shots; and thankfully with that ISO rating the noise is very manageable. I might have increased up to ISO 3200 or reduce the aperture down to f/2.8 for a few of the shots (forgot which one I actually did), but the results were still pretty good!
After having success with Chris, two days later I duplicated the lighting set-up and brightness of my lights to try out on Khalia. Again, I was able to sit comfortably sit on ISO 2000 from start to end of the photo session. Because the lights are continuous, getting proper focus on her was easier than if I had used my traditional flash; my camera would have been hunting in the dark looking for her.
Now that I'm enjoying the look of the images that came out both sessions, I hope to continue doing nighttime looks like this (yes, weather permitting) and posting the results on IG for all to see. So I guess you can say, I'm unofficially starting a new series within the Dance Study umbrella; which means things are getting serious, lol.