Martini Shoot

Behind the ScenesPersonal

Last weekend I rounded off the strobe collection with my third & fourth Lumopro 160 and another pair of cactus v5 triggers. I had taken the time to use my Strobist DIY kit and build two black-straw snoots, as well as cut, velcro and organize all of the correction & effect gels I received in that kit. Now I have a mobile, wireless w/remote shutter release, four strobe setup. Now combine that with the gels, and I have quite a few possibilities to explore.

So I figured it was time to test my equipment and see if I could get a nice shot of water splashing in a martini glass, just for fun. Since the Lumopro 160’s aren’t capable of high-speed sync, I was limited to a shutter speed of 1/250, which is unfortunately bad for motion freeze. I could use studio lights, of course, but I’m really focusing on strobe setups and wireless syncing for this shot. Regardless of the limitations, I believe the end result, with a little motion blur in the water, was substantial.

The camera settings were:

f4, 1/250, ISO 100.

The lighting setup was:

Two bare speedlights as side-lights at 1/16 power. One speedlight from behind at 45 deg. with a snoot at 1/8 power. One speedlight as a background light with a red gel at 1/8 power.

When you click through the blog post, you will see setup & miscellaneous shots courtesy of Lucas Parker Photography. Hopefully this helps visually see the setup with my lack of a shot diagram….not to mention give you an insight into how much fun we have doing this kind of stuff!

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