Matías Gálvez Tries Something New

Chilean photographer and student, Matías Gálvez, is a new disciple to the off-camera flash world. The combination of attention to detail and willingness to experiment he possesses, shines through in his photography. Here, he presents a playful and colorful shoot he did at a friend’s house.

Splash ©2012 Matías Gálvez

A while ago, I decided it was time to change my photography style and try something new. I’m not saying I didn’t like what I was doing, but to do a 180-degree turn would be refreshing. I decided to focus on my strobist skills on location.

When my new PocketWizard Plus III’s arrived from the U.S., I felt it was the perfect time to start experimenting.

Behind the scenes ©2012 Matías Gálvez

For this image, I used three PocketWizard Plus III radios. I set up my camera, a Nikon d7000 with a 50mm lens, with the first Plus III in transmit only (Tx) mode. To the right of the setup, I placed one of my YN460-II flash units, bouncing it off of a silver umbrella. To illuminate and add some color to the wall, I placed a second flash unit with a snoot and a green gel on the floor behind the setup. Both Plus III’s on the flash units were in receive only (Rx) mode.

I love how easy it is to use my PocketWizard radios. All you have to do it set the channel and mode and start shooting.

Just a little creativity (and a willingness to make a mess) can go a long way in making a run-of-the-mill still life into an image with personality to spare. You can see more of Matías’ work and detailed lighting diagrams on his flickr page and you can connect with him on his Facebook page, Matikuki Photography.


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