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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.
this is a penalty shot, I'd come forward a little bit. You guys need to warm up. Yeah I just did before we left. Charge them. (LAUGH) Oh, this is going to be fun. Male Let me shoot. Male So Eric, Mr Eric, whom you met before, right? Over here? He's going to be throwing balls like we do in practice a lot of the time, okay? And you guys are going to be kind of on this side of the goal.
And he's always going to throw 'em on that side of you, okay, so think going out not with two hands necessarily, but going out with one hand and just trying to get a hand on the ball, alright? We're going to, don't dive yet. Just going to warm up a little bit, and take some pictures. But when we get you diving, we're going to have a mattress out there so you can literally splay like straight out over it, okay? Male I'm just going to check the light first. Wow, this looks good. Okay, so take a step over that way. So Eric, you're going to be laying it up. Right in here, okay.
Male Okay. Male Alright, now back up. No, no, no. back up to where you were. Come forward and back over. All right. Tell me when you're throwing it. Okay. All right. The light looks really good. So I'm at F8 with one 1600th of a second. All righty. Male Get it, get it past him. Ok no, hey no no, I know you, I know that you know where the ball's going to be, but you can't react until he throws okay? Male Okay. Male (UNKNOWN) Alright? Male Rolling Yep. Oh that looks good.
This rim light's a little hot because are closer than we have the other rim, and this could actually come up a little bit. Okay there, there, okay I got a completely different camera now. Alright so go over a little bit to that way so you can come across Ben. And shoot it low into, into my right, Eric. Alright? Okay. I put the shadow of the ball on his face. That's nice, nice shooting there, Tex.
we're going to pretend we can't tell. (LAUGH) Alright, move over to your, to, there you, move over a little more, Ben, over little more. Shoot it past him. Two, one (INAUDIBLE) and that's a good one. A couple more like that. Okay. That's okay. Male (INAUDIBLE) That's okay, the ball's in the background. That's alright. Okay, kick it out, Ben. Not at me, not at me, not at me. Thank you. Alright, just one hand, Ben.
(SOUND) There you go. Okay, look at it really closely, follow it with your eyes, and when you get in, do a Geraldine. That was actually a really good one. Yep. Okay there, alright, go ahead. That's a really good one Joe.
Your eyes are open and everything. Its fantastic. (SOUND) I totally missed that, but it's okay, you got a hand on it. Your eyes are almost open. Track the ball. (CROSSTALK) That, I thought that was his head hitting the pole for a second there. Male Did it go in? Male Yeah. Male Okay, Andrew for a second, and then we're going to shoot Jered and Andrew really quickly. Male Alright, Andrew come in, there we go. Male Ready. Male Yep.
Male 1, 2, 1, 1. Male Good, stretch him out a little, a little more horizontal Eric. Male One more. Male Yep. Male (LAUGH), Andrew you did one of these, (SOUND) , (LAUGH), it's coming in, alright. You do it again I got no ball. Alright that's a wrap on that, let me, Gerald and Andrew in just a second I want to shoot you guys. Male One and two, okay. I want to switch up on this really quick, but I want to take the two back flashes and make em really hard rim lights, and I'm going to put a little soft box right above them, and we're going to do kind of a cool we're going to do, Guys, go get on whatever jersey you want to get on, okay. I know these aren't your favorite jerseys.
Get your favorite. Get your. Are you good? You got your Brazil colors. Joe, get your favorite jersey on.
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