Braver Than Britain, Occasionally

At the very end of last year my lady & I were at the cabin. It’s while we were there that a very unassuming spider set Spadge off on a new challenge — facing Britain’s top ten fears all while writing a book about it.

She tells this books origin story better here (plus I sound like an absolute hero). Fast forward less than 10 months and it’s here, it’s real, it’s an actual book! ISBN number — the works.

Of course every book needs a few promo images and she knew a guy with a camera. We set up a shoot at Withamside House and despite it being a dull day a couple of strobes along with massive windows giving us the best of the available natural light resulted in some awesome shots.

Not only has she taken on Britain’s most common fears, she’s conquered them! I’m so incredibly proud of her dedication to this project, she’s faced some of her biggest personal nightmares with a level of stubbornness I didn’t know existed — all the while keeping a sense of humour pinned to her chest.

If you read her blog you’ll be familiar with her funny/honest writing style. If you don’t this is the perfect introduction and insight into her slightly unusual but still beautiful mind.

Order your copy right now from braverthanbritain.com! £2 from every book sold is going to Sarcoma UK – The bone & soft tissue cancer charity.

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 01 Photographed by Rick Nunn
Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 02 Photographed by Rick Nunn
Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 03 Photographed by Rick Nunn

Colour Temperature

The slightly overcast day meant that the flashes and natural light were the same colour temperature. No gels required. 

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 04 Photographed by Rick Nunn

Behind the Scenes

Just 2 strobes were used for this shot, probably from a counter intuitive side too. But lighting from this direction stopped the shot looking too flat.

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 05 - The Setup Photographed by Rick Nunn
Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 06 Photographed by Rick Nunn
Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 07 Photographed by Rick Nunn

A New Angle

These shots were taken using a very similar setup to the ones above. I just brought the ISO down a few stops and the flash power up a few stops to balance out the natural light directly behind.

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 08 Photographed by Rick Nunn

Behind the Scenes

The biggest challenge when shooting into a window is always the reflections. Lots of angle adjustments and a bit of photoshop is the answer. 

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 09 Another Setup Photographed by Rick Nunn
Braver Than Britain, Occasionally - Braver Than Britain Occasionally a book by Spadge Whittaker 10 Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Braver Than Britain, Occasionally

Equipment

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/125th
  • Aperture: F/4
  • ISO: 250

Braver Than Britain, Occasionally — A book by Spadge Whittaker. Order your copy right now from braverthanbritain.com!

Comments

  • Very nice as always. Is the book available on iBooks?

  • Hello, how did you get the two flashes to work wirelessly? I was under the impression that if you use master and slave mode one flash would have to be on your camera!

  • Using the Canon ST-E3-RT, it can control multiple flashes in multiple groups from the top of the camera :) – take a look at them here – http://s.ricknunn.com/R1cq