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

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP ocean76 Regular Member • Posts: 443
Re: I think you want low-key lighting (samples)

Darrell Spreen wrote:

ocean76 wrote:


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.

The examples below were done with some inexpensive off-camera speedlights -- 2 in the first case and just one in the second example.

For the first one, I connected one flash to the camera with a pc-sync cord and the other was optically slaved -- probably the simplest way to use multiple off-camera flashguns.  I recall that, in the first case, one flash was aimed into a white umbrella while the other had a home-made grid over the flash to get a spot-light effect on the book.

(Unfortunately, I can't get DPR's tool for embedded photos to work right now, so here are links to the pictures)

Hope this is helpful.

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wowwww, this is amazing Darrell.
This is just the effect I want to create.Thank you for sharing those photos..
I was searching for a sample to show and found a closer one from a magazine and scanned it:, you can see the scanned photo below:

But then I saw yours and said to myself: this is exactly what I want.
I really really think that if I could give the very same effect as yours, that old typewriter from my grandfather would reborn again after some 30 years of staying in the attic..
If I could make it look like yours...

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