If you've ever found yourself in an impromptu situation where you knew you could get a really cool shot if you just had a little bit of extra light, the techniques in this video might knock your socks off with their simplicity and creativity.
In this debut episode of the new series, “Back to Basics,” Pye and Shivani from SLR Lounge wander around the city streets in search of interesting locations in which to capture gorgeous, dramatic portraits that are beautifully lit using nothing but a cell phone flashlight. The ideas are simple, and the results are pretty phenomenal.
I was interested in seeing their techniques for myself, because I, too, have found myself in many situations where I've unexpectedly needed some off camera light where there was none. Be it one last shot before all the natural light was gone, or a group photo at a Christmas party, I've enlisted many a friend to light someone up with one or many cell phones for an impromptu portrait where the existing lighting was just not cutting it.
Pye, shooting here with the Canon EOS R, discusses using the cell phone flashlight in several different ways, including light painting, so you'll want to check this video out to see the interesting effects and the unique ways he uses both location and lightning.
Have you ever had the circumstance to whip out a cell phone to light your image? Discuss in the comments below.