This morning I shot some photos at The Brass Horn, a men’s clothing store in Decatur Illinois. They were gracious enough to let me experiment in their store. The lighting was a bit interesting for it contained natural light, florescent and incandescent. Luckily I did not have coloration issues as I expected I would. I think since most of the overall lighting tended to be more white. Now, The Decanter, had very heavy incandescent lighting and the color was definitely shifted toward the orange.
I was hoping to bounce some light off the ceiling but given that it was dark (and would absorb much of the light) and green (turning the light into and awful color) I gave it a pass.
The portraits turned out good even though I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t do better job “in camera”. The dark suits against a dark background was a bit of a challenge. To do it “right” I should have gotten my Alien Bee AB800 out to pump out more light instead of shooting with only my speed light (sb600). The advantage of just using the speed light is the mobility it allows and minimizing my presence in case customers showed up. If this were a more specific assignment, rather than me shooting everything under the sun for practice, pulling out the AB would make more sense. The AB800 would require a stand and power cords strung along the floor thus making a tip and trip hazard. Not a good way to win customers.