As the year comes to a close, I've been less interested shooting documentary and more fascinated with portraiture.
I'm excited to experiment with off-camera lighting again.. I've had a Westcott 43" shoot-thru umbrella lying around, so I gave it a whirl.
I'm staying in my dorm for winter break, so the floor's common room is usually empty. In the room, I set my speedlite on top of a lightstand diffused with the umbrella. I played around with keeping the umbrella just out of frame, camera left.
Using my highest sync shutter speed (a pathetic 1/160s), I killed the ambient light in the room, but the umbrella'd speedlite spills light on to the white wall behind me turning it gray. The room is small and the ceiling is low, so the light has more opportunity to bounce around the room.
To remedy the spill, I attached yellow post-it notes to the wall-facing side of the flash, to block that unwanted light. It works alright, but reviewing the images in post reveals a yellow color-cast in the top-right corner.. Should have just used gaff-tape.