We truly traveled to the most derelict location to get some background character for this promo shoot with guitarist, singer, songwriter, Jesse Tucker. In fact, there was a pair of used ladies’ panties inches away from Tucker in this very picture. Classy.
I shot my 580EX strobe on low power through an umbrella camera left. This gave a nice catch light in the eyes and gave a nice even soft light on the face. For triggers I use the Alien Bees CyberSync 2.4GHz Radio Remote Control systems. They are a third the price as Pocket Wizards and work like a charm. Way way better than the Gadget Infinity triggers I had before!
One lesson I learnt from this shoot is, when scouting for shoot locations, actually get out of your car and explore the area on foot with your camera. Visualize your subject and lighting set-up and take some reference shots of the angles you plan on using. Make sure you are scouting at the time of day that you plan on shooting so you can get an idea of what the light is doing.
Had I done a throughout sweep of the area, instead of a drive by I might have noticed all the garbage, unpleasant odor emanating from said garbage, and the over-all messiness of the background, I probably would have chosen a different location :-/ Ah well, at least it was magic hour :D