Setup for the “Fly Fishing” Still Life

Setup for the “Fly Fishing” Still Life

Here is the “snoot” we used, it is approximately 6 inches in length. You can see where we attached it with blue tape in the overall set shot. The local hardware store can be a great resource for lighting ideas. You just have to let yourself think outside of the box.

Using a black card attached to a C stand with clamps, allows us to feather in the fill light from above. Our fill is the FourSquare light. Using a black card attached to a C stand with clamps, allows us to feather in the fill light from above. Our fill is the FourSquare light.

The “Fly Fishing” Still Life

The “Fly Fishing” Still Life

This week we have taken it a step further. Same Canon 1-Ds Mark III and same 24-105mm lens, but we revamped the lighting. We had a total of 4 Canon Speedlights 580EX II. One on the camera set to master mode (not firing). The key was set to +0 power with a sepia colored Rosco gel, mounted on a regular light stand shot through 36″x18″ grid of glass block (plastic block works just as well and is half the price). The fill light was set -2 power, our top light, shot into the side wall of the FourSquare. We used 2 diffusion screens to cut as well as soften the light. We use a black card clamped to a C-stand to feather the fill light, creating a graduation of light. The spot highlight comes from our last speedlight set to -1 power with an improvised snoot made from a shop vac attachment. A Rosco sepia gel covering half the “snoot” right down the middle. We wanted a touch of light spilling out from both sides of the gel.

New Images using the FourSquare

New Images using the FourSquare

This was a down and dirty simple shot with a Canon 1-Ds Mark III with a 24mm-105mm. One 580EXII in the FourSquare box with the one layer of diffusion on the front. Also bounced another 580EXII into a white card about five feet above the set for fill.