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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits
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The lighting plan


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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

with David Hobby

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All right, so let's talk about our lights for a second. This is the light that sets everything off. This is set on 1 32nd power plus 2 3rds, so roughly what, a 16th power, let's call it. Not a lot of light, but this light has to do two things. Number one, it has to trigger any of these other three lights, because once it triggers one light, the other lights will see it and they'll go off too. And number two, it's going to provide fill that will come from almost right on the camera's axis. So any, any shadows that these other three lights create are going to be filled by this one to exactly the level that I want. So I'm going to be looking for detail, but not full brightness. I mean, shadows make drama, so you want to make the drama, but you also want legibility, where you want to be able to see things. So my key light's going to be over here.

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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

The lighting plan

All right, so let's talk about our lights for a second. This is the light that sets everything off. This is set on 1 32nd power plus 2 3rds, so roughly what, a 16th power, let's call it. Not a lot of light, but this light has to do two things. Number one, it has to trigger any of these other three lights, because once it triggers one light, the other lights will see it and they'll go off too. And number two, it's going to provide fill that will come from almost right on the camera's axis. So any, any shadows that these other three lights create are going to be filled by this one to exactly the level that I want. So I'm going to be looking for detail, but not full brightness. I mean, shadows make drama, so you want to make the drama, but you also want legibility, where you want to be able to see things. So my key light's going to be over here.

Right now that's on a stand. but it's probably going to be being held by a voice activated lise, light stand, AKA, Dave Kyle. And he's going to follow the goalkeeper as they, as they come across. Because I want to take that beam and sort of restrict to the area around their face, and just to highlight their face and reaching for the ball and such. And if you come over to the net on the, one the back sides of the net, we've got another couple of SB800s, and they're set on one-quarter power. Nothing out here is set on more than one-quarter power, which is kind of cool. That gives us it gives us recycle time. I can shoot I can shoot quick if I need to.

But it also gives us a very tight flash pause duration time. So we're not, we're not going to be getting movement as, as things are coming through. You will see me moving the camera as people are moving. If there is any motion blur, I want it to happen on the background and not on the person running. So I'll track them with the camera as they're moving across unless I'm trying to do a specifically framed shot. So that's one way of of controlling motion board that that is induced by flash polls for your sink speed or or just about anything. Tracking thing is important and like the other things were, they're going to bore us a little bit.

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