Lighting up is tricky. Too much, it’s spooky, and you might as well be lighting Freddy Krueger. Nothing wrong with that per se, but generally subjects don’t hire you to make them look like they’re an extra in Zombieland.
But a dash, a light pop, a smooth as silk upward drift….now that can be quite lovely, and get you called back.
Enter the Uplite. It’s been a featured item at Lastolite for a while now, but has gone, well, a bit unnoticed. I’ve been doing some of fashion of late, and brought it into play as part of our regular traveling kit. It offers options to either bounce the light source down, or push it straight up at the subject. It has different sources of reflection, from silvery to sunfire, and a waterproof “bottle cap” so you can put the reflector surface down on the ground and not ruin it. The above is a combo of four Speedlights, a D5 and the new 105mm f1.4 which is kind of one of those lenses that you when you look at the file you go, “Holy shit.”
The key here for me is tragically simple and one of those things I should have thought of before. I keep the metal support system together now and don’t disassemble it to travel. We had always kept it intact in the studio, avoiding the few minutes it takes to screw the thing together. But then, I simply decided to travel with it, all assembled, and fold the diffuser/reflector pieces around it. Travels great, and the fifteen minute setup on location is down to about three.
Happy to have it in the kit. The light, swirled in with a simple overhead, is quite lovely, and I’ve been having fun with it. In this instance, for the wonderful Joli, a Vegas dancer, formerly of Showstoppers, and about to take the stage in La Reve, the “main” light is the Ezybox Hotshoe Soft Box, with the white interior. Add a raw backlight, and some terrific posing on her part, and you’ve got a beauty portrait that no one would confuse with Nightmare on Elm Street.
This week, back to Vegas! WPPI launches next week. Will be at the Nikon booth, on stage and live streamed, along with a team of wonderfully talented Nikon Ambassadors. Below is the schedule for the conference. Will also be with bud Jeff Snyder at Adorama, and teaching classes for the WPPI folks.