Lady buggin

I'm finally back in action and my computer apparently likes me again... just in time for some Halloween shots! Since it has been over a month since I posted a photo, I figured I'd do a little rapid fire one-a-day for a week with some shots of some of the characters that came to the annual Halloween party. And I do mean characters - just wait, you'll see what I mean!

I set up some lights in the garage ahead of time and we had a little fun with this. Interestingly (to me, but probably not to anyone else, sigh), we managed to get quite a few different looks with the same lighting setup just by tweaking one light modifier, turning off one light here or there, or shifting (ok, chasing) the subject around in the flash zone. The background is just a plain wall in the garage, which sometimes worked better than others.

The little ladybug starts off this series in a very cute way. Although I had 3 flashes set up in a triangle for that wrap-around light look for the group, she was a little, ahhhh, mispositioned vertically to catch the back two so this is lit entirely with 1 flash in a shoot-thru umbrella directly above and behind the camera.

I'm not the most fashion-forward guy around (queue wife chuckling in the background), but I can tell you - the socks definitely make the outfit. Love em!

Note: once they are all posted, you can find them all at this link.

Strobist info: This shot is lit by a single flash: an SB-800 with a 1/4 CTO gel in a shoot-thru umbrella, zoomed to 24mm and fired at 1/4 power.