The expressive trumpet player in the band at a recent wedding. A simple portrait of this musician, sweetened with some bounce flash. The light on his face, is by now perhaps predictably, bounce flash with the black foamie thing. Looking at the light pattern on his face, you’ll see there was no direct flash of any kind.
In comparison, here are a few other images. One with no flash, so we can see the effect of the bounce flash. Another image with just available light; and another using the light from the videographer’s camera …
The same shot with only available light, as it registered at the previous settings:
1/60 @ f2.8 @ 2000 ISO
Available light only, using the existing light in the room. Now we’re really pushing the limits, and a wide aperture on the 85mm lens, and the highest ISO on the camera (Nikon D3) that I’m still comfortable using. The shutter speed is also fairly slow, and I had to take a series of images to get a few that are sharp enough. Despite the popular belief, 1/60th just isn’t fast enough to hand-hold, and isn’t fast enough either when your subject is moving. (And no, a third stop jump to 1/80th wouldn’t have magically solved that problem either, for those who are thinking of a shutter speed in relation to the focal length.)
1/60 @ f1.4 @ 3200 ISO
Nikon D3; Nikon 85mm f1.4D (B&H)
I changed the WB in raw post-processing to give me the most pleasant tones.
When the videographer’s light came into play, I changed my settings ..
1/100 @ f1.4 @ 3200 ISO; no flash;
.. but still had to pull down the exposure by 0.6 stops in raw post-production.