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Anatomy of a Shoot – Part 2 (13 Lights)

Pleasanton, CA photographer portrait commercial photography, high tech, biotech, chemical detection, product, Fremont, Livermore, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Hayward, East Bay, strobist

Sandia National Labs, Livermore – High Speed Computing

In the second part of this commercial photo shoot, I photographed the Livermore Sandia high speed computer from the reverse angle.  Often when photographing commercial or editorial assignments, it is important to feature the product, environment or in this case the technology foremost and then how it relates to the human subject.  At first, this was difficult for me, considering I had come into commercial photography from a portrait and wedding background where the people are the main focus.  Once I was able to grasp this concept, my commercial photography images advanced.

Being that most of my lights were already in place from the previous shot, It was just a matter of turning them around, adding a few more where necessary and re-metering  (yes – I do use a light meter).  A combination of thirteen (13) separate monoblocs and speedlights were used to create depth and indicate scale by separating the different areas of the room with light, shadow and color.  See the lighting diagram below for strobe placement.

Pleasanton, CA photographer portrait commercial photography, high tech, biotech, chemical detection, product, Fremont, Livermore, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Hayward, East Bay, strobist

High Speed Computing – Lighting Diagram

The room/set in existing light:

Pleasanton, CA photographer portrait commercial photography, high tech, biotech, chemical detection, product, Fremont, Livermore, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Hayward, East Bay, strobist

Room As Seen In Existing Light

TIP: Instead of purchasing expensive photographic lighting equipment cases – I pack all my gear into tool boxes from my local hardware store. The inexpensive tool boxes are built for tough conditions, can be stacked, dropped, many have wheels and some even have O-rings to repel the weather.

Canon 1Ds mkIII, 16-35mm f/2.8L lens, 1/160 sec @ f22, ISO 640

(3) Alien Bee 1600’s, (2) Photogenic Powerlight 600’s, Sunpak 622, (3) Quantaray QDC900 WA’s, Quantaray QB 6500A and (3) Quantaray Micro Slaves all triggered via Quantum radio or optical slaves.

 

 

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