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Lit - How To

Published June 29th, 2011

I had a vision of myself standing outside, in the snow or rain with my coat on, lighting a cigarette. It was a shot I wanted to try for awhile but I was tired of waiting for the snow and/or rain so I set up my gear inside and did it this way:

Tripod-mounted D700 with Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens. I set the ISO to 200 to minimize noise, as I knew much of the photo was going to be black or very dark. I had my aperture set at f/11 in order to have sharpness throughout the photo and my shutter speed (after several test shots) turned out to be 1/50th of a second for optimal results.

I stood in the dark with a cigarette in my mouth and an SB-600 unit in my hands, turned down to 1/3rd power so as to not overpower my face. This needed to resemble a lighter so I covered the front of the SB unit with a 'Full-Cut' CTO gel which gave it the orange glow. Also in my hand was my remote trigger which fired the camera...

I'll eventually try this in the snow or rain but, for now, this will hold me over...

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Nadeem Wajahat  over 5 years ago

Very good, I like the idea and execution. Looks great