A friend asked me for a quick headshot, and I casually replied, “sure, no problem”.
Of course I had forgotten- I don’t own any lenses anymore outside of a 50mm & 16mm fisheye….oh, I don’t have any strobes, not even a stand-alone camera flash and it was getting dark outside. Making lemonade from lemons was the task at hand it seemed, so I took it as an opportunity to put the D800 through it’s paces and started looking around for things I could use.
I did have a 3 x 3 x 3’ Lightcube kicking around, and I had a pigtail made up from some recent construction undertaking, with a 100W household lightbulb- there was also some spring clips and paper-tape. So, jerry-rigging the lightbulb with a few clips, and using a t-shirt as a flag to keep the daylight off the back wall, off we went.
We also had a cake-pan that we taped tinfoil to as a bounce-fill.
I was shocked with the results- I was able to shoot F4 @ 125/sec @ 6400 ISO and the image was super-clean.
Very impressed again with the Nikon D800!