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Happy New Year & Merry Christmas w/ Continuous Lights

January 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Happy New Year

&

Merry Christmas

The Continuous Light/Modeling Light feature on the Interfit Honey Badgers 

Staring 18 year old BOB THE CAT

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For the new year, I thought I would do a little feature on Interfit's newest product the Honey Badger strobe and its amazingly powerful modeling lights that can double as continuous lights. 

 

I wanted to do a Christmas card featuring our last pet, Bob-The-Cat. He's 18 years old and the last living member of his furry clan that consisted of 2 dogs and 3 cats. Bob has out lived them all. I wanted to use a green gel and a directional grid and really stylize it. But the idea of strobes brought thoughts of a scared kitty running off after the first shot. So I decided to go with the modeling lights on the Honey Badgers that are rated strong enough for continuous light photography. 

 

 


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Behind the Scenes

My living room turned into a studio: 

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To make Bob at home I put his bed in front of the Christmas Tree with his favorite catnip toys.

I placed the camera on my tripod low to the ground and framed up the shot on a stand in.

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Setting

ISO: 2500

Shutter: 1/60th

f/stop: f/8

Because I was shooting with the modeling lights and cutting the light with gels and grids, I needed to dial up the ISO to 2500 to at least shoot at a 1/60th of a second to freeze movement, and I wanted f/8 so the tree was in focus and not to shallow DOF. 

Equipment

I wanted to get the whole tree in the shot and have the cat front and center. Therefore, I used a wide lens very close to the subject. I pre-set the focus to manual and shot remotely from my ipad when the cat looks at the camera. 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark VI

Lens: Canon 17-35L

Lights: 2 Interfit Honey Badgers

Front Key light: w/ 20 degree Grid

Back Rim light: Interfit Barn Doors with green gel.

Kitty Santa hat: Target


Here's what we got.

I only shot 17 photos. 

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With the final choice being the one with Bob looking right into the camera

Check out the green rim-light, lighting the tree and the back of Bob. Just like Christmas Eve!

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And the final product for our Holiday cards.

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It was quick and fun.... and the cat was not stressed at all. 


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