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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

A closer look at the lighting


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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

with David Hobby

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Okay. So, a couple of things about this flash. This is going to be the keylight. which is why it's got a quarter CTO on the front to warm it up a little bit. This little gel you see. It's also got tape on it that says quarter CTO, and there's tape here, tape there and tape there. And I want to know that anywhere that I look in this flash in my camera bag, I can tell that it is my CTO flash. And that keeps me from having to put a gel on every time I want to decide what I'm, what flash I'm going to light someone's face with. So, rather than do that, I just have a key light flash that I keep a gel on all the time. So, there's a kind of a neat way that we're hooking these up. this is a Frio Coldshoe, which ca, just came out, and they've got a little like a couple airlock impressionist kind of a connection to them. So, they hold the flash really securely and they're tiny, and I like them a lot. but what we're doing is we're putting this in at a 90 degree angle, because this flash is designed to tilt this way on the stand, but the slave is over here. So, we're going to take it and rotate it this way. So, the slave will be able to see the same way the flash is turning. And like that, and now, because we've got it mounted at a 90 degree angle to where it should be mounted, we can tilt the flash up and down and have the slide pointing toward the other flashes.

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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits
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
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Lighting
Author:
David Hobby

A closer look at the lighting

Okay. So, a couple of things about this flash. This is going to be the keylight. which is why it's got a quarter CTO on the front to warm it up a little bit. This little gel you see. It's also got tape on it that says quarter CTO, and there's tape here, tape there and tape there. And I want to know that anywhere that I look in this flash in my camera bag, I can tell that it is my CTO flash. And that keeps me from having to put a gel on every time I want to decide what I'm, what flash I'm going to light someone's face with. So, rather than do that, I just have a key light flash that I keep a gel on all the time. So, there's a kind of a neat way that we're hooking these up. this is a Frio Coldshoe, which ca, just came out, and they've got a little like a couple airlock impressionist kind of a connection to them. So, they hold the flash really securely and they're tiny, and I like them a lot. but what we're doing is we're putting this in at a 90 degree angle, because this flash is designed to tilt this way on the stand, but the slave is over here. So, we're going to take it and rotate it this way. So, the slave will be able to see the same way the flash is turning. And like that, and now, because we've got it mounted at a 90 degree angle to where it should be mounted, we can tilt the flash up and down and have the slide pointing toward the other flashes.

So, it doesn't do a whole lotta good to have your slide pointing out into left field, or to take away your ability to move your flash up and down, but this way it gives us the ability to do both. So, the really nice thing about having a backlight is that number one it gives you separation. So, I got one on each side. And we got these backed up pretty far away, but fortunately you don't need allot of you don't need allot of power to kiss the light off of someone from the back. The light is very efficient as it just bounces off. And if you make a mistake with the back light more often than not, it's going to be that the back light is too bright.

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