If you’ve been looking to practice different lighting techniques, you may want to try your hand at powder photography. The skill has been gaining momentum across the strobist community lately. As a result, there have been a slew of video tutorials popping up on the interwebs that take a lot of the guess work out of the exercise, leaving more time to dedicate to making a powdery mess out of a perfectly clean workspace. What could be more fun than making a mess and taking some awesome photographs? Take a look at Cedward Brice’s behind the scenes shoot for a little inspiration and few pointers on how to get started:
Brice used a three light setup that consisted of 580EX II speedlights triggered by Pocket Wizards, two Photoflex strip boxes on either side of the dancer, and a Photoflex Octodome in front and slightly above of the dancer. He shot on a Canon 5D Mark II at 1/200 of a second on f/5.6 with an ISO of 400.
After some trial and error, Brice eventually decided that using more flour was a good thing. Learn from his mistakes and avoid using cocoa powder, which only turned to hot chocolate when mixed with the sweat of the dancer. In others words, a BIG mess—and not the fun kind.
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