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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.
David: And this is, ok, so. From here on out we're going to be making real pictures, so, I want you to, and I know you're not used to posing for pictures and such. But I really want you to just relax and be yourself. what happens if you let the instrument strap, let me see how much room I've got. It's going to be hard for me to get him. What happens if I do a vertical like that? Now, we want them up but, just think about, don't think about present them. Just, just, just not here is hammer, here is gold metal. I am natural now. but, but, just, just just kind of drop back and, and forget about the fact that you're having your picture made a little bit.
And, I know that's really easier said than done. And I get that and this is a root canal in a lot of ways but, but that's a pretty, that's a pretty natural position for you. Albin: I have a question. David: Yes sir. Albin: Where should my eyes be looking? David: You know what, I may have you end at the, if, so pretend that steel is glowing for a second there. Pull it up and look at it. Alas, poor York, I knew him well, but cheat it in a little closer. There you go, like, like you're lookin' at it about to strike it. I'm not going to pretend you're at a table, but there's stil a relationship between you and that piece of steel and the hammer in your other hand. So, so that's what's valid about you standing there holding those things. Let me look at that.
I think that looks pretty good. (NOISE) Oh, and your hammer just totally picked up the key light too, so. All right, let's try that. Let's try that. So, remember where you are. You've got a foot right there on the on the light stand, right? Albin: (CROSSTALK). David: 'Cuz we're going to have to be pretty quick. You going to, are you going to heat that up a little in the fire for a minute? Albin: I may have to. David: Okay, all right. All right. We're going to shoot with the live ammo here for a second. Yeah, there may be people that you travel to to see doing the blacksmithing.
But, but when they see your picture on your website, I want them, I want them to be like, dude, man, that's, that's epic. All right, we cooking? Okay, so make sure he has a path, Dave. So you're looking at the glowing steel and thinking' about how you're going to how, how you're going to hit it.
So that, that brings the steel and the hammer in a little closer when you do that, okay? Albin: Okay (NOISE). David: Wow. Like a jet engine. (NOISE) Okay, I'm ready when you are. Okay. Tuck around. That's good. I want to get your body right. Here we go. All right. So move it around a little. Pull it in just a tad. There you -- oh, this looks sweet.
Look at me, chin down a little bit good, good, good. Now back at the, -- back at that -- move it around a lit- -- inspect it. Move, there you go. Good, good, good. Tighten it a little bit. Look at it close before the light goes away. Oh, I like that tilt, I like that tilt. That's good. Without moving eyes towards me. Good, back at the stick, back at the stick. Okay relax for a second lets let it finish and glow out. Albin: Heat it up again? David: Yeah, Yeah.
Oh that's sweet. Cut back a little bit, make it where you can see that light a little less okay? So, back up just a tad and with your face, there you go. Okay, push the, I like it when you rotate it like that. There you go. Don't make me break into my Austin Powers voice, because I will. Could you push it away just a little bit and look at it? The main thing, just really, really regard it.
Good. (SOUND). Back your face up to get out of that light just a little bit. Maybe not quite so much. That's good, there you go. Now, lean in. Bring it all close before it goes away. Good. Alright, relax. And one more series like that, and we are out of here. (SOUND). Albin: Okay, I'm ready. David: Alright, bring it on. Watch out for the guy with the fuzzy mic. Actually, you watch out for him Dave. Dave: Mhmm.
Yeah, he has the upper hand. David: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. That's better than a poke in the eye with a hot stick, right? Okay. There you go. Push it out away from you a little bit. Yeah just like almost like your, like me, like your eye's are glowing. (LAUGH) Okay move it around and look at it. Seriously think about it. What would you do with that. There you go. Okay back twist it like you just had it before, I like that. Twist it up a little bit, there you go. Almost glossed it. There we are you're out of here. That's awesome. It really starts going away fast. So like, I can see with my eye. Albin: Oh yeah. because it, it didn't 1,900 degrees and it's dropping down.
David: Can you get me one more? Albin: I can give you a lot. David: Okay. You know what I've let's get it, because I need to be so, quickly, when you get there, push it away from you a little bit and twist around and look at it and stuff. Albin: Okay. David: because having it against that dark background like the magic, that's the magic touch. Yep. Bring 'er in. Alright, there we go. There it is, perfect.
Okay, yeah, move your head around, that's good. Bring it in a little closer and right at me. Right here, look at me. There you go. Cool. Cool. Alright, I think we're good. Yeah. If you've got, if you've got something other than me to concentrate on, that makes you a much more natural subject. Albin: Okay. Makes sense. David: I think we're good. I like these. Albin: Oh, yeah.
David: So between that and that working shot. Albin: Mm-hm. David: I think that will give you a little bit of a one-two punch to Albin: Very good. David: To work with. Alright so do what you gotta do with the fire. let me I want to get, I've got your name spelled correctly in the email so I'm Albin: That's for you. David: Oh sweet! Oh that's awesome! Look at that! Now this has gotta have a place of honor in my house. I gotta think about this. Thank you very much. Is that sweet? (SOUND) .A (INAUDIBLE)
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