By on 2013-10-01

This Photography blog post using the Apollo Orb was originally written by Photographer, Charles Williams of Erudite Photography based in Ottawa, Canada.

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This photo shoot had to be one of the most inexpensive shoots I have had yet. The only thing I didn’t have, that I had to buy was baby powder for $5. Just like most photographers, often I want to complicate pictures with excessive lighting set ups. For my last few shoots I have fallen in love with using a Nikon SB-900 with a Westcott Apollo Orb. My good friend Mark is an experienced martial artist and shooting him with his gloves on made perfect sense. Using baby powder to create a smoke effect in the picture gave an extra element to the photo that adds depth.

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By simply filling an old film container with baby powder worked perfectly. I highly recommend if you do decide to do a similar shoot make sure to take pictures outside because the baby powder gets into everything. Wind from outside will make the baby powder airborne as well.

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With limited time and a lot of wind this has to be one of the most rough looking photo session set ups I have ever done. I used 2 small slave flashes on the ground to help illuminate the baby powder in the photographs. I used the Westcott Apollo Orb with a Nikon Sb-900 to light mark in the photograph. The Westcott Apollo Orb is my favorite on location light modifier.

Westcott Lighting Gear in Action

 

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Categories: How to;
Tags: action shot and Apollo Orb;
Format: Articles;
Brands: Westcott Pro;
Topics: Sports & Action Photography;
Gear: Apollo and Halo and Light Modifiers

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