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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.
So we're back at the Howard County Conservancy, where we're going to be shooting at this time a blacksmith named Albin Drzynowsky who is hammering away in there now. And, we're outside the blacksmith shop behind me, which is nice and bright right now but inside it's very dark. the dark part does not worry me. What worries me is the darkest part is in the very back of the building behind Alvin, behind the fire. And we got no place to put a light in there. So we need to find someway to build the light forward from the back without including any lights in the actual frame. Because we're not going to have any separation if we don't do that. the other thing is the rooms going to be very dark. And that's not a problem because we want the room as dark as possible because that way the glowing fire.
And the glowing steel that he's going to be working on, we can leave the shutter open long enough to build those things us and you can ac, you can see them very well. So darkness, not a problem, relative darkness front to back of the room big problem. That's the problem we've gotta solve. but I think we can do it. We've been scouting a little bit and I think we've got it worked out.
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