Arctic Adventures - part 2 of 1 2 3

Published 01/04/2010


Photographing inside the Ice Hotel was challenging. The easy way would have been to put the flash on the hot shoe and fire away all day long. But that's not what I did.*

I was shooting on average around 3200-5000 ISO inside the Ice Hotel with a few fast prime lenses, the 85mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2 and the 50mm f/1.4. I shot the ceremony with available light only, even though I had permission to use the flash. Using flash would have 'killed' the whole ambience of the beautiful and unique setting. So don't be scared of shooting at high ISO if your camera body allows you to.


I do use the flash a lot but not on the hot-shoe of the camera. Flash is one of the most creative pieces of kit you have in your camera bag. Use it correctly and you'll get some amazing results. I place it on a light-stand and either use an umbrella or a Lastolite Ezybox. These are easy to carry and go with me everywhere. I had the new 80x80cm Ezybox which I used for the group shots with the SB900 flash-gun. Balancing the ambient light with flash is the key to getting really good shots."

Coming back to the group shots, my lighting kit is extremely portable, quick to set up, and easy to use. I'm pretty much up and running in under two minutes. This is handy in such a cold place where you don't want the guests hanging around and getting cold while you take your time setting up the lighting gear.

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