Sometimes you have no other option than to get your flash unit out of it’s hot shoe and make it perform like a studio style strobe. Whether it’s the Canon 550ex, the Nikon SB28DX or another make altogether there are some simple steps you can take to produce cultured and interesting images.
The telephone message goes something like this: “Meet this guy, not sure of his name yet at Euston railway station and take him somewhere to shoot a nice portrait. We’ll probably only use a mugshot, so don’t go mad.” The second message wasn’t a lot better, but I was well on my way to one of Europe’s busiest rail stations to meet the man with no name who was to meet me by platform six. The third call said “His name is Molyneux, he’s about fifty and he’s there now”. I jumped out of the car (having parked it legally) and with camera bag in hand I ran to meet my man. Knowing the area well I planned to drag him back to a small park, via the car to grab lights, and shoot some outdoor portraits in the evening sunshine.
Having found him a lot more easily than I had bargained for I then discovered that he was shortly to catch a train and had to be interviewed in the mean time. This gave me about ten minutes to shoot the pictures and no way of getting back to the car to gather kit, oh! and it was about to rain.
The sky was still blue just outside the station concourse and the buildings gave us an area of shade so I decided to go with a similar idea to the “shooting from the shade” technique explained a few months ago. (more…)