Got no Strip Light? What would MacGyver do?
If I got the chance to shoot some awesome bodyscapes but I don’t have a striplight with me – should I let this chance just pass? Dude, no way!
When I was young, I’ve seen MacGyver on TV. Give that dude a ballpoint pen and a chewing gum and he will manufactor the wildest things out of it. A bomb, a laser or whatever he needs on his quest. So in situtation where I need a striplight but I just don’t have one I will ask myself: What would MacGyver do?
You can see my answer in the video below. It has to do with two speedlighs, kitchen paper and some Scotch tape. Well, maybe I’m not exactly as skillful and stylish as MacGyver, but hey, the light we got was awesome.
Check it out in the video and then try it out yourself:
When you try out this photography technique at home, please use speedlights for your photo shoot. Don’t try it out with lightsources that produce high temperatures. I mean, of course you want your models to look hot, but you don’t want them to go off in flames, do you? With that said, here is the lighting diagram:
(1) Two models laying on the reflector
(2) Reflector, black, 4 ft. x 6 ft., 120 cm x 180 cm
(3) 2x Speedlight GN58, 1/4 power, 28mm, Group B
(4) white kitchen paper
(5) DSLR, ca. 100mm, 1/200s, f/16, ISO400, Speedlight GN58 at 1/32 power, Group A
I wish you good light!
Models: Linxi and Sasha
Location: Hotelroom in Beijing
Photos: Michael Zelbel
Postproduction: Renzy Memije