Using strobes inside a Chick-fil-A to improve lighting

[NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Shutter Priority, ISO 200, 1/500, ƒ/8, (35mm = 82) Alienbees B800 off to side fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]

Back in 2012 my uncle Knolan Benfield helped me on a stock photo shoot in Hamilton Mill, GA. He took some of these photos of me working. Here you can see some of my setup with using lights to help improve the photos.

Photographing at Chick-fil-A [COOLPIX P7000, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 200, 1/320, ƒ/3.5, (35mm = 28) Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote] photo by Knolan Benfield

Here you can see I have four Alienbees B1600 hanging from the ceiling. Here is another photo without them firing.

Photographing Cows at Chick-fil-A [COOLPIX P7000, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 1600, 1/200, ƒ/3.5, (35mm = 28)] Photo by Knolan Benfield

Now by using those strobes I got photos like these here.

Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Manual, ISO 800, 1/200, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 40) Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]
Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Manual, ISO 800, 1/200, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 52) Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]
Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Manual, ISO 800, 1/200, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 28) 4 Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]

The biggest problem with all restaurants like Chick-fil-A is there are windows everywhere, which makes everything backlit and can cause problems.

Photographing Cows at Chick-fil-A [COOLPIX P7000, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/1100, ƒ/3.5, (35mm = 28)]

Even when shooting outside I wanted good skin tones and as you can see here of the photo of the setup the guy is backlit as well.

Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Shutter Priority, ISO 200, 1/500, ƒ/9, (35mm = 50) Alienbees B800 off to side fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]

Using the Alienbees B800 off to the side as a fill light I help reveal the face of the buy and better color on the cow as well.

This is the clamps I used to hang the lights from the ceiling. They are called “Scissor Mount for Drop Ceilings”.

Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Manual, ISO 640, 1/160, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 28) 4 Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]
Cow Training [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Manual, ISO 640, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 28) 4 Alienbees B1600s hanging from ceiling fired with Pocket Wizard Remote]

Give me a call if you want a class for one-on-one training to do this as well.