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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits
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Hanging a strobe from a high ceiling without throwing it


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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

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Okay. Alright, so, nice and strong. Let me go get a, I should probably explain this. This is a little caribiner and we got this fishing line because we dont' have a boom that's 25 feet tall with an arm that's 30 feet long. So what we're going to is is we're going to hang the flash from the ceiling. I've got my little Frio there, and, don't fail me Frio, because I'm going to be hanging this thing over sword fighting, basically one of my SP 800 babies. And the nice thing about this, you can go to the hardware store and just pick up a, a quarter by twenty and a wing nut, and, and, screw it in, lock it, and you're good to go. Just a little carabiner so we can, we can unhook it really quickly if we want to, like if the building's on fire and we definitely want to save all the SP 800's So now, the thing is, we gotta get this up through one of those little triangles, way up there.

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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits
1h 31m Appropriate for all Jun 21, 2013

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In this installment of the Lighting with Flash series, photographer and Strobist.com publisher David Hobby demonstrates using strobes when shooting sports—in this case, some kids playing soccer. After providing an overview of his lighting strategy, David shoots some action shots of goalkeepers diving for the ball. Next, he shoots some portraits of the soccer players, employing a compact softbox attachment as a key light.

In the second half of the course, David photographs a group of fencers, transforming the bland lighting in a gym and freezing the athletes' action as they leap. Afterwards, he shoots a group portrait of the fencing club.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a multi-strobe shoot
  • Capturing athletes in action
  • Balancing fading daylight with flash
  • Tips for using color gels and flash accessories, from cold shoes to softboxes
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Lighting
Author:
David Hobby

Hanging a strobe from a high ceiling without throwing it

Okay. Alright, so, nice and strong. Let me go get a, I should probably explain this. This is a little caribiner and we got this fishing line because we dont' have a boom that's 25 feet tall with an arm that's 30 feet long. So what we're going to is is we're going to hang the flash from the ceiling. I've got my little Frio there, and, don't fail me Frio, because I'm going to be hanging this thing over sword fighting, basically one of my SP 800 babies. And the nice thing about this, you can go to the hardware store and just pick up a, a quarter by twenty and a wing nut, and, and, screw it in, lock it, and you're good to go. Just a little carabiner so we can, we can unhook it really quickly if we want to, like if the building's on fire and we definitely want to save all the SP 800's So now, the thing is, we gotta get this up through one of those little triangles, way up there.

Which is, I'm going to guess, 1, 3, 4. This is a 25 foot ceiling, I think, so, and I'm 5' 6" on a good day, so. This is, I think I'm going to have to throw it. Be right back. Okay. It's heavy enough. It's all right? Male You, you want to throw it, or? No, I, I don't know if I trust you throwing it. Okay, so the hole is like, this big, and the flash is like, that big.

It's definitely strong enough. You're, anybody. Do you play baseball? Can you throw it? Alright. (SOUND) This makes me nervous honestly. Oh, no. No. No. Straight. Maybe it'll go better. Should I swing it,or throw it? Oh, I know. Does somebody have a cannon flash? Oh, oh. You know what would be better? A dart with an eraser on it and by UK fletchings.

Let's try that instead. Okay, the question is, how many tries before this dart goes through that. I think I need to tie this off, actually. This this, can I have a little piece of gaffer's tape? Anywhere at all? Thank you, John. Male Alright so just tape, tape it right in there so the dark flies relatively straight. And drags the line.

Engineer. Okay, any guesses. Okay, so bring that slack up in here so it'll and just lay it on the ground. I'm just going to toss it once and, and make sure the the are we not tangled? Male Nope. OK, so come in here behind me. Alrighty. Please work, please don't break anything. Just go ahead and put that down on the ground so it will splay out and come in closer so, yeah. Okay, I'm really going to chuck it.

Not bad. Okay, that's good, that's good, slowly, slowly, slowly. Alright, there's one. They're not watching. Oh, they're watching. Alright, here goes. There's two. Yes! Second. (LAUGH) We're in. That's a boom.

Okay. Alright, so let's tie this off with some slack so we can raise or lower it as needed. Sweet. Gabrielle, second try tonight.

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