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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
So, I turn back on all the lights, or actually Rich did it for me. I took one more shot and I like it but now that I know what that back light's doing, I want to kind of change it up a little bit. Get a different feel. Rich, would you do me a favor? Let's go ahead and move the diffuser out of the way and instead of lighting the actual background Let's move that background light and have it become a hair light, and aim it at the back of Valarie's head, and it's going to give us a, a different look. And normally I would probably isolate this again to tweak it, but let's just see if luck is with us, and once the light is set, we're going to go ahead and grab a quick shot.
>> Higher or lower? >> I think you can bring it up a little bit higher. And speaking of higher or lower another thing to keep in mind when using strobes or using lights is that usually you place the light above the person because that's how we see people in natural sunlight. So in general light should be a little bit above their eye line or a lot above their eye line and you'll get nice pretty shadows. Why don't you give that a shot? >> Yeah come around a little bit more from behind so it doesn't hit the side of her face. Let's go ahead and take a shot and see what happens.
So we have a much flatter background, as a matter of fact I'm still getting a lot of light in the background. But she's popping out even more. Now, I would probably go ahead and tweak this and maybe put up some flags, but this is a good way to start. That once you are ready and once everything is balanced and nothing is over or under-exposed to start positioning your lights so you can control your shadows, and what parts of your image are really going to show and what are going to be hidden by those shadows?
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