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Wrapped up our shoot for “Infection Control in the Operating Room.” (working subtitle: “the 5-second rule.”). Did a couple final portraits of cast and consultants while I still had access to the OR.
Here’s the general setup / lighting details for the OR portraits…
Shot with D2x; 24-70 f/2.8. Ambient lighting for the room was provided daylight coming in through a frosted west facing window. Lighting for the subject(s) was a single SB-800 w/shoot-thru umbrella at about 30-degrees right of camera position to offset the strong backlighting of the surgical lights, which I deliberately aimed at the subjects to provide some rim lighting / separation from the background. Manual exposure on camera (ISO 200; ~1/125s at f/4.5) to underexpose the background a bit. Controlled lighting on the subjects by dialing the flash output up or down as necessary (~1/4 power, as I recall).
I’m not sure what the white balance is on the surgical lamps, but the room is painted a pale green, and between the ambient light and the paint, gives the setting a nice even greenish cast to the background so the daylight balanced lighting on the subject helps to separate him from the environment…sort of a color / monochrome (green) dichotomy.
And though not taken in the OR, this is typical of the end of a shoot at my day job…
Thanks for looking!