Zach and I hit the studio again during the first week of March and shot our favorite photogenic friend, Sara.
Zach works at the school's "photo cage," where photo-students can rent out equipment. We decided to go all-out that night in the studio, so we picked up two Dynalite head-and-pack strobes, two Canon 580EXs, and a 7' Impact umbrella.
Unfortunately, we had no idea what to do with any of the equipment he rented except for the giant umbrella. We couldn't even figure out how to put the Canon speedlights in optical slave mode! More embarrassingly, I couldn't figure out how to insert AA batteries in to the speedlights... We didn't know how to mount any modifiers on dynalite heads as well! We ended up just shooting on our Yongnuo 560s, my trusty Wescott Rapid Octa 26", the Impact umbrella, and a reflector.
My favorite part about studio shooting is the availability of the light-stands! I really enjoy using a boom-arm to hold up my octobox to get that "butterfly light" look, often seen in glamour or beauty stills. However, Zach prefers a moodier, directional light so we settled using the huge umbrella with a slight bit of fill.
The other benefit of shooting in the studio is the massive space available. I really enjoy gray backgrounds, so I need distance away from a white backdrop to produce the color.
This was my first time using the 70-200 F/4L IS for portraiture and I really enjoyed it. I read a lot online that the F/2.8 version was superior for portraits, but I think F/4 is especially fine in studio shoots. I liked using the 135mm focal length a lot with the lens.
In post, I had a lot of frustration getting colors correct. There's a slight temperature difference when shooting through the Impact Umbrella and the Wescott Rapid Octa. I'm not the best a post, so I was pulling out hairs trying to get all the photographs to have uniform tones. Thank god for black-and-white conversions.