Dynamic Photo Sessions Enhanced by Smoke

Photographing smoke brings along some of its own challenges, but in a recent photo shoot which entailed photographing ballerinas dancing through it, photographer Benjamin Von Wong was presented with a whole new set of problems. Having lost his flash triggers in Germany, Von Wong had to make do with what was available to him. Take a look at the following video to see how he persevered to get the job done:

Using his flashes as optical slaves, Von Wong managed to pull the photo shoot off and get some great photographs that are on course with the rest of his work.

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“We had to put all our flashes in optical slave. Since we were dealing with such a large space, the optical slaves being placed at the back of the units makes the optical triggering kind of hard. We daisy chained a bunch of speedlights to our studio strobes by clamping them to a stand.”

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If you were wondering about the lighting app used in the video, it is called Sylights and is available as a free download in the iTunes store. It’s a very useful utility that allows you to replicate your light setup for future reference.

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