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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.
Alright so this is probably a, a neat side of typical shoot for what I'm trying to do with HoCo360. A lot of local stuff, I'm trying to introduce people to things they didn't know in the county and do so in that produces good pictures. backstory on this my daughter, Emily, who is 12 took a fencing camp with the Hauer county, the, the rec program and she ended up here this summer, had a fantastic time. I have no idea this place was here. She comes for 9 out of the 10 days. And on the tenth day I come to pick her up and I see the, just this awesome thing I didn't know existed in Howard county. the lobby has pictures up, but I think man, those picture could totally be amped.
We could have some fun with that. And I immediately put that in the back of my mind, to come back and shoot later. So, that's not the kind of thing you do two days later. Six months later, seven months later, you've had time for ideas to percolate, you had time to solve some technical problems. So what we're going to do today is we're going to try to take this fluorescent-lit room, big white room, 60th at ISO 400, and just using a couple of speed lights, completely reshape the room and, and do so in a way that gives it kind of an epic look. We want to make the room look how fencing must feel, and this is from a non-fencer.
But it sure looks fun from the outside. So first thing we're going to be thinking about in this room is getting the ambient light down. So we can bring other light back up. we can take that down very quickly by going to 2-50 of second and going at about F1-6 or F-8. That's going to make this from black, and at that point the fluorescent lights don't matter anymore, and the room becomes a canvas for us to try to do whatever we want with the light. We're going to be doing, doing a group shot with, six or seven people. I plan to do that with, maybe three steam lights. we're going to be doing an action shot. And that's going to get a little more complicated.
So, we'll get a, we'll get a float, an orb of light over the fencers. And then hopefully take it out and away to what it looks like it was never there and the light looks really cool. But the important thing is with just two flashes, we can completely transform this room which is, man, I want to say 25 by 50 feet with 25 foot ceilings and we're talking about lighting the entire room with two speed lights. Not just getting by, but doing so in a cool way because we want to dial up the epic on this just a little bit so, hopefully it'll work and let's see what happens.
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