3 different setups to suit your style and budget
Midlevel Setup: Add a Second Off-camera Light
Photo: Andrew Wong
To make a bigger splash, San Francisco Bay-area shooter Andrew Wong (www.andrewwongphoto.com) dropped a key lime instead of an olive into this martini glass. With two wirelessly controlled, off-camera shoe-mount flashes he successfully froze that splash in mid-air. He used a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight (A) and SB-800 (B) which were fired at 1/2 power wirelessly by Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) Commander function that Nikon built into his D200 DSLR (C). The martini glass was lit by direct, unmodified flash, and to soften the look, Wong feathered the flash output by “cross lighting” the glass. He did this by aiming his Speedlights slightly behind his subject. He mounted the camera on a Quantaray QSX 6601 tripod (D) and the flashes on Impact LS 6B lightstands (E). The background (F) was black foamcore.
Kris Holland/Mafic Studios
Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights. Both have been replaced by the SB-700 and 900, respectively ($320 and $470, street)
Nikon D200, replaced by the D300S ($1,600, street). Flashes and camera feature Nikon’s CLS wireless flash system.