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Off-camera multiple flash


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Photography 101

with Joseph Linaschke

Video: Off-camera multiple flash

Working with multiple off-camera flashes can really be a lot of fun. Now, this section is not here to teach you how to do it, but just to show you a little bit of an introduction to what you can achieve. So, to start, we're just going to go ahead and take a picture with a single off-camera flash. As you can see, I have my light here shining into the umbrella, reflecting onto my model. And you also can see that I have a slight gel on here. This is a half CTO, or half warming gel, but it's going to make the light that hits my model, just a little bit warmer, almost like we're working in sunset type of light. So we're going to start with just this single light. Let's see what it looks like.

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Photography 101
2h 9m Beginner Mar 21, 2012

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Today's cameras put an amazing amount of power in the hands of amateur photographers, but it's not always easy to make use of it. All those buttons, dials, and settings can be pretty intimidating. In this workshop, expert photographer Joseph Linaschke helps you understand what's going on inside your camera, explaining fundamentals like what an aperture is and how shutter speed works. Learn basics such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera's flash. There's also creative instruction to guide you towards becoming a better photographer. As you become more comfortable with your gear, you'll find that many new creative possibilities open up for you and the quality of your photography improves.

Topics include:
  • Carry and hold that DSLR like a pro
  • Stabilizing the camera: from hands to water glasses to tripods
  • Using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • What the buttons do
  • Manually controlling your autofocus
  • Working with flash
  • Thinking creatively
  • Buying new gear
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Joseph Linaschke

Off-camera multiple flash

Working with multiple off-camera flashes can really be a lot of fun. Now, this section is not here to teach you how to do it, but just to show you a little bit of an introduction to what you can achieve. So, to start, we're just going to go ahead and take a picture with a single off-camera flash. As you can see, I have my light here shining into the umbrella, reflecting onto my model. And you also can see that I have a slight gel on here. This is a half CTO, or half warming gel, but it's going to make the light that hits my model, just a little bit warmer, almost like we're working in sunset type of light. So we're going to start with just this single light. Let's see what it looks like.

(audio playing) As we can see, we have a really nice soft light shining on her face. It's clearly coming from off camera. Because the shadow is not directly under her chin, but off to an angle. And overall, it looks pretty good. But now, what I want to do is add a secondary light. You may have noticed that I have another light shining behind her that is currently turned off. Let's take a look at this light. So what I have over here on this light, are a couple of modifiers. First off I have this thing called a grid spot.

We notice that what this is, is a series of tubes, almost like drinking straws, just stacked together, and what this will do is focus the light almost like a laser beam, just shining straight forward. Of course it is still going to spread a little bit, but this will give us a much more focused direct light than without the modifier at all. I also have on here a quarter CTO. Not quite as warm as the one that's on the main light, but just giving a little bit of a warmth behind here. Let's go ahead and put this back together. And now I'm going to position this light so that it's right behind her head. Of course, I don't want to see the light in the photograph, but what I want to have happen is this light to illuminate the back of her head, giving it kind of an angelic glow behind her. I need to make sure I position it just so, that's pointing right at the back of her head, and of course when I'm taking the picture, I'll make sure that I don't see this.

You may have noticed that I'm working with the radio trigger here, instead of the light trigger that I was working with before. This radio trigger means that I don't have to be in line of sight. I can put these flashes anywhere, and since I may not have direct view of my original camera, I wanted to make sure that these fired, so I went ahead and put radio triggers on here. Now, some radio triggers will allow you to work in fully automatic mode, and some, like these, will only work in manual. And that's fine. So this flash is currently set to about 1 64th power, and the main light is set to about 1 16th. I'll just turn this on and we're ready to go. Once again, making sure that I don't see my light behind her head, and here we go.

So now, as you can see, the light behind her is illuminating the back of her head, giving us this really nice glow through her hair. As we can see looking at the photo, there is a nice shadow under her chin. It's not too harsh but I would like to fill it a little bit. It's a little bit darker than I really want. So, what I want to do is add another light to it, but may be I don't have a third light or you can still fill in light using things called reflectors.

So, here hanging on my light stand I have a nice, very versatile reflector. You see this side is gold. The other side is white. And in fact, on reflectors like this, they'll open up and I can flip it around, it's reversible, it has silver on another side, and then black on one. The black will allow me to block light if I want to keep it from hitting something that I don't want the light spilling onto. If I take it off entirely, this becomes a really nice diffuser. But for now I'm just going to use it as a gold reflector. Since I already have yellowish light coming off the front and the back I want to fill it in with a little bit of gold light underneath.

I could use a light stand or an assitant or I can just do it all myself. I'll just position it under her chin and we can see the light nicely reflecting under there andSOUND we get the shot. As you can see, I filled in the shadow quite nicely there. There's still a shadow, which is good. I wanted to find the edge of her chin, but the shadow is not quite as dark. Overall, it looks a lot better. Now in this example, we use just two lights and a reflector. But when you get into off-camera multiple-light flash, you can have as many lights as you want. You can have two, four, ten, twenty, you can have a ton of these lights all over the place, and do some really interesting and complex things.

So I encourage you to check it out, go online look around for other examples of off camera flash with multiple lights and you'll find some amazing, amazing things out there.

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