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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 this is one of my very favorite kinds of shoots, for several reason. Number one, it's technically challenging. I mean, this was one of the more technically challenging rooms I've been in in a little while. number two, this is a picture that has a lot of uses for me and for other people. So in addition to it being used educationally, which is the way you're looking at it right now. it will be a post, a post on my local blog, Hoco360. That's hoco360.com, if you're interested. but it also will be usable for the conservancy, and their efforts to, to build their endowment fund to help put this place into not only historical preservation, but financial preservation as well.
And last but not least Albun Dresnosky, who is our blacksmith will be able to use this for his education marketing purposes. So, so, what I'm looking for a lot of the time is a picture that you going to take one time, and that's going to have many uses for many people. And that's a really neat value multiplier, so that's one of my main criteria when I'm deciding what I'm going to shoot.
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