The Continuous Light/Modeling Light feature on the Interfit Honey Badgers
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
And the final product for our Holiday cards.
It was quick and fun.... and the cat was not stressed at all.
Because after a long day of photography, who doesn't need a good stiff drink.
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