I shot this set with a combination of on camera flash and natural light. I actually prefer where to use natural light where possible however I wasn’t confident that I was getting a good exposure so I strapped the flash on for some of the shots to make sure that I was getting some good shots as well. When I got the shots back I really loved the shots with the natural light and kind of wish that I shot the whole thing with the natural light. One of the down sides to shooting on film is that you can’t be 100% sure of what the shots are going to look like so sometimes you have to choose between hedging your bets with lighting or throwing caution to the wind and hoping for the best.
One method that I use to be on the “safer” side with shooting film is to take some test images for lighting on a digital camera and checking what it looks like on the LCD. You can then adjust the settings until you get the type of exposure you are looking for and then simply transfer the settings into your film camera and away you go! This method is exactly the same method that was adopted back in the day before digital was invented, photographers would put on an instant film back on their camera and take a test shot to see what the lighting looked like and then when they were happy would switch to the higher quality film for the actual shots. I actually even refer to my digital camera as a visual light meter. So if I know that this method would have ensured that I was going to get the result that I wanted why didn’t I do it this time? I was also going though a phase where I was in love with hard flash. So I figured that it was a great compromise to shoot a bit of each.