Chartwell, The Churchills & The National Trust: I love speedlites part 1

There was a set of my pictures that appeared in the weekend press last week to illustrate an article about a new National Trust exhibition at Winston Churchill’s former home Chartwell. This was a mixed shoot involving people, priceless artifacts and restrictions on where and when the pictures could be taken.

Although large rooms and people shots do require me to turn to the likes of a Bowens Gemini head, my 2 x Speedlites (Canon’s spelling) always travel with me. For the editorial shots of the Churchill family, they are mainly one light balanced for the ambient with Honl gels OR an extra light to give the window light some extra reach.  I usually have a small softbox over the speedlite and close to the subject (and when zoomed in means that you don’t need a grid modifier).

 

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