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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

The lighting plan


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Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

with David Hobby

Video: The lighting plan

Alright. So, this is our $6 softbox. It's a silk Japanese lantern, and inside it we've got an SB-800 just hanging on a, on the little rig we showed you before. It's got a Steffen dome on it, so, it goes out in all directions. And this Japanese lantern turns that little bare bulb into a big bare bulb. And it throws the light out everywhere from inside the scene. So, that's going to light the room, it's going to light the fencers. It's going to really zero in on the fencers. And then we will we're actually going to take it out on the final picture.

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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

Alright. So, this is our $6 softbox. It's a silk Japanese lantern, and inside it we've got an SB-800 just hanging on a, on the little rig we showed you before. It's got a Steffen dome on it, so, it goes out in all directions. And this Japanese lantern turns that little bare bulb into a big bare bulb. And it throws the light out everywhere from inside the scene. So, that's going to light the room, it's going to light the fencers. It's going to really zero in on the fencers. And then we will we're actually going to take it out on the final picture.

So, you don't know where this light's coming from, and it's going to feel like a light that's coming from out of frame and pushing way, way down. If you were going to buy this commercially, this set up is available on something called a Chimera lantern, and they're like 350 bucks. But for $6 you can get a long, a long way towards it. And these are, I mean they're, they're almost indestructible. They're made out of silk. They're not made out of paper. You can have one of these for a couple of years, and, and, and not need to replace it. And it certainly a lot better than, than spending a lot of money. So, we can bring this up. We're hanging this literally from 20 pound test, a couple feet higher than me. I think that's, I think that's about it.

See these things have a hole in the bottom of 'em, and that's not going to be a good thing because that's going to show raw light through there. So, what we did is we took some rosco tough frost, and we velcroed it over that hole. So, so, now we had diffusion all the way round. I don't care about the light coming out the center at the top. But I want a nice even, even look to this light on the bottom. So, I think it's going to do great.

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