St. Petersburg Commercial Business Photography product feature with Al

Bayprint owner Al inspecting a special print destined for the windows of Cassis - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/7.1 ISO 200 1/60th - Strobist: SB-800 at 1/1 power in 43" brolly to frame right & SB-600 @ 1/1 power in 43" shoot-through umbrella to frame leftA sudden commercial photography job came up when I saw Al at a networking event he was hosting just yesterday.  Al is a past headshot client (see here) and has also referred other business to me.  The project we started today involves me photographing special window display prints he is making for the downtown St. Petersburg restaurant, Cassis.  The first shot he wanted was the above, showing the prints coming right out of the (large!) printer.  The remaining shots will be of the installing process as well as a before and after of the Cassis window front.

As is often the case with on location commercial shooting, space is in short supply and careful placement of lighting for strobist shots is necesary.  I put my 43" brolly on a light stand partially in a closet next to the printer and ultimately placed my 43" shoot-through umbrella on a light stand to camera left.  I wanted to maintain good detail in the full frame of the shot, so I used a small aperture of f/7.1 causing me to have to use both speedlights at full power, something I normally do not have to do.  The ambient light in the background was pretty well exposed at 1/60th, but I still did some dodging in Photoshop to make the lighting balance overall between foreground and background.  

The last detail was making the shot from a higher perspective.  Al is a pretty tall guy, and the print was fairly long coming out of the printer, so I used a step-stool to get the framing as seen above.