The Boyfriend and I were offered the chance to do a photo booth at our friends’ club “CODE”. Hosted at the Stud in San Francisco’s SOMA district, it was the perfect chance for us to break out of street photography and into something more personal. Our good friend J, who had done this before at the Cat Club for “Apocolypso”, provided the template : A continuous key light, simple back drop, and (for him) a remotely triggered flash nestled in a great big soft box.
We didn’t have quiet the space to work with at the Stud as J did at the Cat Club, so we decided to scale down a bit. We settled on a pair of 480 ex II Speedlights, a key light fashioned from a work lamp, and a neutral canvas backdrop.
The 480’s were a joy to work with, especially after going through a couple frustrating experiences test-driving the Vivitar DF383 on my 60d. Turns out you get what you pay for! As this was both of our first foray into flash photography, we took a few days to get the hang of shooting under different conditions, bouncing and diffusion settings.
We arrived at the Stud and began to set up, only to be pleasantly surprised by a glittering orange backdrop already in place where we were going to drop our neutral gray one. A few test shots later, and it was settled : the sequins were pretty damn cool. Ditching the gray for this month, we focused on getting our exposure, flash power, and other camera-y settings dialed in.
The night itself was a lot of fun. As people trickled in and got loose, they inevitably found their way to our photo booth. Lots of good energy and some really silly poses later, and we had ourselves a nice slice of night life.
Check the full gallery at the Animals With Cameras blog.