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In this installment of the Lighting with Flash series, photographer and Strobist publisher David Hobby visits a conservation center to photograph subjects small and large, demonstrating flash lighting techniques along the way. The course begins with a close-up shoot of a small frog—and with details on how to light close-ups and macros using a small softbox and a reflector made of crumpled aluminum foil. Next, David uses multiple strobes and umbrellas to transform a dark blacksmith shop into a warm backdrop for a portrait of a craftsman at work. In a bonus chapter, David discusses an approach for organizing photo meet-ups that have a purpose: leveraging the talents of multiple photographers to quickly create a set of photos for a worthy organization.
Alright Sticky, what you got for me here? so, I'm definitely going to shoot through the glass, because I don't want to stick this camera inside with them. There's really not enough room. So I'm going to just balance on automatic, and shoot on aperture priority, and see what happens. Aperture priority, I'll set it at F4. And I'm going to crank my ISO up to 800, just to give me a little bit of shutter speed. (SOUND) You can hear I'm at about a 20th of a second, so.
These actually aren't bad. They're not terrible. I don't like the idea that Sticky's not the brightest thing in the frame. (SOUND) We got a microwave and a refrigerator back there and such. So, the first thing I'm going to do is to fix my backdrop, and begin the, the process of turning this little aquarium or terrarium I guess into a little studio. Don't move, Sticky. So that's a really easy solution to get rid of that, that distraction on the other side.
Now let's see what I have when I go in there. See, my, my exposure changed. Seeing all that black in its trunk, oops; sorry, bud. It's trying to give me more exposure, So I'm going to under expose this just a little bit. Even at (SOUND), even at a 20th of a second at F4, I'm, my biggest problem is I don't have a lot of depth of field because of the macro lens. You need more aperture to give yourself the depth of field, so I'm definitely going to want to light this. So lets start out with just throwing some light off the top and see what happens. This is on camera flash, but we're going to create a nice big light source up there off the ceiling.
And even though this might be an easy thing to do TTL, I want to work in manual just to give myself some repeatability and control. So let's go up to quarter power and see what that gets us. I'm going to go to 250th of a second to get rid of the ambient light and just guess at five, six. My ISO, now, I'm taking back down to 400 because I don't need, I don't need the speed. That's actually not bad. And I can live with that, as far as just a straight light source. But I think I do want a little more control.
Eventually. but let me shoot a couple more with this. (SOUND) Putting the black in there makes a big difference, but unfortunately I'm not holding the bottom the stick that Sticky is sitting on. So that I don't have any three dimensional feeling there, there's no depth. So I'm definitely going to want to get some light coming back up on that stick.
So let's start working on this now and tweak it a little more.
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