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10 Oct '18

One Light Speedlight Setup: Hula Portrait in Hawaii

Posted by David Honl in soft box, workshops

It was a beautiful overcast day just south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, and no better place to shoot model Maluhia Kawai than the jagged lava rocks at Kualanui Point. The tech details couldn't be simpler! The cloudy sky gave us an evenly lit background exposure of 1/125th second @ f/4 (100 ISO). We then lit Maluhia with a Honl Photo traveller8 Softbox on a Nikon SB900 at full power, sometimes lowering the power setting when moving the speed light closer to the subject. Moments later, the sky opened slightly, revealing an amazing Hawaii sunset. All settings stayed the same, but I bumped up the shutter to 1/200th for a slightly darker sky.

Check out the video to see the placement of the Speedlight, and how the traveller8 gives an even, soft light on the subject and provides a nice separation from the background.

Take $10 off any traveller8 Softbox by using coupon code HULA