do I need to use a speedlight for this type of still life photo

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Peter Berressem
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Re: do I need to use a speedlight for this type of still life photo
In reply to ocean76, Apr 11, 2013

ocean76 wrote:

Hi,

I have a very old (mid 1900s) typewriter which I want to shoot.

I want to a side lightning hich hopefully would give the typewriter a dim, mystical and old effect but the thing is I am not very good at flash photography and lighting setup.

Set up the shot sideways near a window. Use card boards etc. to shield the light partly, i.e. block the light from hitting areas you want a dimmer lighting. Use your reflector for fill lighting.

I am thinking to use just 1 simple table light (from a side) which has a bulb of 60 watt and 2700 kelvin...(soft light which will create a dim ambiance)

You sure can make do with tungsten light. Check the "continuous" chapter here:

Photoflex light school

I also have a sb-600 nikon speedlight and 2 umbrellas with flash sync but I am not sure whether I need to use those also or is it useless for this purpose?

Inanimated objects don't require flash.

A book often mentioned in forums is " Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting" though I think it goes far beyond your needs.

Hopefully you've got a sturdy tripod.

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cheers, Peter
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