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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Input needed for Christmas Photo Flash Setup |
...I understand your comparison lightwise to the mall setup but we have done things quite a bit different in the past. From what I've seen in the malls they keep the camera stationary and its more of an assembly line. We won't be shooting stationary and our Santa usually gets down on the level of the dogs and has been known to roll around with them.
Interesting. The example shot you linked to looks like a Mall-style shot, but if you want to be more mobile then I'll change my advice considerably...
...When you say a single strobe above the camera are you referring to me shooting something like my SB-600 on camera with another strobe off to the side?
Not originally; I meant a monolight (or the head from a pack & head system) mounted on a stand, boom, or frame over the camera position. But if you're wanting Santa to be able to get down and the ground and move around with the animals, that changes things.
I'd suggest just what you say: an on-camera Speedlight set to iTTL mode, which automatically adjusts its power for the camera-to-subject distance as it changes. I'd use a white wall (or set up a white panel) angled to the side of and behind the camera, and use the swivel & bounce feature of the Speedlight to bounce the light off the wall, rather than be aimed directly at the subjects.
With the use of a large bounce surface one light may be all you need, but adding another that can be triggered in Slave mode from your on-camera SB-600 Master would be even nicer.
[Edit: I'm mostly a Canon and Mamiya user, and not real up to date on Nikon gear; I just double-checked, and found that the SB-600 cannot act as a Master. You'll need an SB-700 or higher to be the Master, or your camera may be able to do it. What camera do you have?]