Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits
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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

with David Hobby

Video: Setting up for a portrait

I’m going to make these nice and bright, one eight. (LAUGH) So, I’m putting the I’m putting the rim lights over, over the goal so they won’t make the net nuclear, hopefully. bring it a little bit like here. Put a power. Go a little bit. Going up to a quarter power in each of these room lights. And we're just going to do a really quick portrait.

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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
Subject:
Photography
Author:
David Hobby

Setting up for a portrait

I’m going to make these nice and bright, one eight. (LAUGH) So, I’m putting the I’m putting the rim lights over, over the goal so they won’t make the net nuclear, hopefully. bring it a little bit like here. Put a power. Go a little bit. Going up to a quarter power in each of these room lights. And we're just going to do a really quick portrait.

Gerald and Andrew are are twins. Hey, Gerald. Which one of you guys is oldest? Male They don't know. They don't know, their parents won't tell them. That's how competitive they are. Okay. So, we're going to turn on one of these little speed lights into a mini soft box. Here's a cinch strap. So, this is a LumiQuest LTp which turns a flash into a soft box the size of your laptop. We're going to put on a speed strap. Here's a little elasticized straps that make the flash hold really tight. And I'm going to drop this right over.

This is going to be a really cool, athletic kind of a Nike Gatorade looking picture. So, guys, give me about three or four minutes and I'll have this ready to go, okay? See if I can do this right. we'll go the other way and the, front load it. It's not the easiest thing to do, this flash or on a light stand. Quick and dirty.

So, this is not a particularly huge light source, but it's much bigger than just a bare flash. See if I can do this without crashing it. Oh yeah, that's neat. There we go. So, now when we take this and point it down, it's, it's, hey guys? You ready? Male (INAUDIBLE). Male (LAUGH) One quarter. So I'm going to still trigger this optically just because it's the easiest way to trigger it.

I've got it set on slate already, so, I'm just going to fire a flash up into it. going to fire, yeah. Plenty of light. Little too much actually. So, I'm at a quarter power and I'm going to go to eh, 16th power. Doesn't take a lot of light out of these when you're this close. Alright, Joe and Andrew, come on in.

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