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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.
Male Alright, so Chris when your'e ready I'm going to put you right here dead, dead center. Male Where am I at? Where am I at? Male You're like right, you're like splitting, splitting this t, right here, okay? Male Splitting the line? Male Absolutely. Yeah, so that's how low I can be, let me drop that flash just a tad behind you my background, my background flash is picking up overhead just a little bit so I want to make sure I don't see it in the picture. Alright, that's good. Alright, now I'm going to work everybody around Chris for the most part. What you're going to do is you're going to stand a little in front of him, and if you're on this side, I want you turned in, like your body's turned in this way and you'll kind of.
Split the difference, like instead of looking right at me with your face, maybe you turn your face halfway to me and just look at me the rest of the way with your eyes. Does that make sense? because we've got a light back here that's going to just do, be doing, like, little epic splash lights across your face also. I don't, I don't think I want to be that anal-retentive about it, I think I just want to just, like, throw them in and, normally like, wedding picture, yeah. Male but, but I just want to throw you guys together more rock band style than that, okay? So everybody just come in, let's see, let's see how it flows naturally. And we have pizza right after? Sweet.
Okay, so you want to instead of flowing that way, you want to flow around Chris. Matthew, I'm definitely going to have you in the front, okay? All right? Male Front and center, buddy. Alright, excellent, so, alright. So we're going to collapse this space a little bit. I'm, Im, going to really really act like you like each other kind of a thing. In the back, the guy hiding in the back. You are? Male Jamie. Male Jamie. Okay, Gabriel I'm going to pull you forward, just a little bit. There we go, so, everyone that's around the sides if you turn you should be able to see the light behind Chris, okay, I want to make sure that I can see you. Matthew, I think you're a little bit of a special case there as far as the light behind, behind Chris.
so Third Rock from the Sun guy, come in just a little bit, there we go. You might want to put your, I'm just messin' with you, sorry. yeah you might want to switch arms here so you don't have to have that mask collapsing all that. if you can hold that. Oh no, that's right, you can't cause that's your weapon. Got it, got it. Exactly. Swap sides. Swap sides. Male I can just put it under my weapon arm. Male That's good. Okay so now you can tuck in behind Gabrielle. That's excellent. Okay so I'm going to, I'm going to get you guys in position but when it comes to tbringing the attitude that's completely up to you. So I mean I'm going to need that from you. Male Okay alright. So I've got four people over here and two people over here. So, Matthew, I want to tuck you over and be, come on over and stand in, now rotate around a little bit.
Got it, got it. Okay, now I didn't get your name yet. Male Mike. Male Mike. I'll forget that momentarily. If you could slide back in a little bit. Now come in. There you go. Collapsing that space just a bit. Okay, let's see how you look just on a first quick top. Alright, so I want you to see. Well, I'm going to make some quick adjustments but just as a first look you guys are starting to look kind of, kind of good. I'm going to, we're going to tweak things a little bit. My biggest problem is my back wall's too dark, and I'm also losing I'm losing some I'm losing you down at the bottom a little bit.
So I'm going to fix both of those things very quickly. Everybody hang loose, but don't move. Okay, let's see how that does. OK, so what I've done is to go back and raise the power on my backlight a little bit. I wasn't getting enough of a glow behind them, thanks for the reminder. Quick look, you don't have to do anything, guys. That's way better, way better. Okay, so I still got a problem that I can't quite see what's happening down around your feet.
So let me, that's not, it's not you, it's me, it's me. And checking one more time, you blinked. Okay, so I think I'm going to push a little light from the front. Let me grab a ring flash. (SOUND) So I'm going to use this same little donut thing I used on you earlier, Matthew, okay? 1 16th power, this is me fumbling. Male (INAUDIBLE) I'm glad you guys are all in white because it would have been difficult if half the people were in white and half were in black and one guy's in Hawaiian print and the other one's in purple lame and that kind of stuff, so. Okay, quick test.
Alright that's better. Now I can really see you. So what I'm what I'm doing now is I'm filling in, I'm filling in these shadows around your feet. Let's, let's see how you look now. Alright. Are we ready. There. Let me look. I'm going to look at you, quick look. Alright.Everybody looks good except for Kidding, kidding. Everybody's is important. No, no. (LAUGH) Alright I think I'm going to pull my back light back and light up more of that back wall because I'm losing you guys on the end. So I want to make sure everybody's got a little bit of a glow around them. It's your fault.
It's always your fault man. (SOUND) I'm going to take this light and move it further away And crank it up in power. So now I'm looking to splash more of this white wall. That should work. Okay, just a quick, quick glance without the ring flash. Male (SOUND) Nothing.
Oh yes, yes, yes, yes. Okay, now my work is almost done. I'm about to hand it over to you guys to actually bring some attitude, okay? Did you guys see the picture out in the lobby? Do you see how they, they looked? Male Yeah. Male Yeah, it was definitely a okay, so last final, final things to dress this. alright I don't have you on the, your name on the end. Male Jonathan. Male Jonathan, yeah, you told me that once, didn't you? yes, I am just odd. Ok, so rotate your body around just a little bit. Can everyone turn around and see the light that's behind you, OK.
so Mathew, you, you will be able to see in a couple of years I think because you are at a fast growth stage. Okay so let's, let's take a quick look and see where we're at here. We're almost there. Double checking everything, manual automatic. (LAUGH) Okay so let's look at the way everybody's holding their weapon. So be conscious of that everything looks good. Male who do we have, Chris? No, Chris, who's the guy next to you? Male James. Male James, yes.
I don't see anything of yours as far as weaponary or mask or anything. Do you have anything. If you, if you can get that weapon in your just with, with, put both hands on it and stick it in that little area between you and I might have you lose your, lose, lose your mask. There we go. (SOUND) It's a $2,000 mask he just threw across like that. (CROSSTALK) (LAUGH) Okay, let's see. Let's see how we're doing. Yeah, now we're talking. Alright you guys ready to make some pictures. Check one last thing. I've got your feet everywhere.
I've got the floor. Okay, now it's all about attitude. I'm, my work is done, and now it's all up to you guys. So I want chins up just a little bit. Basically it's we're fencers and you're not is, is the look I'm going for. James, I want you to move over that way just a tad. There you go. So Gabrielle's not blocking you. That's good. And here we go. Good. Matthew, everybody looking right down the center of this lens, all the time. (NOISE) So Matthew, I want you to bring a little more intensity to it, okay? Because the thing is, you know you could beat most of these people, right? Yes? You're fast, you're young.
They're going to get slower, you're going to get faster. That's the way it works. Here we go. Alright, everybody's right here, eyes to me. Good, good, (SOUND), look at you. I'm going to keep shooting but I'm going to walk over and show you how this looks real quick, okay. This is cool, we got a kind of an epic, like band of marauders kind of look to you. Oh, I lost you. That's a tad dark, but Okay so I'm, I'm going to back up just a little bit. Male Check my histogram. Everything looks good.
Male (CROSSTALK) Okay. Is everybody. No I don't think you want your hair to be too perfect here. The idea here is you just came you know (SOUND). You just, you just got back from a, from working. Alright, are we ready. Yes. Matthew, everybody's looking right at me. Male Right down the lens. (SOUND) Let's see. We'll focus on Gabriel, she's our good. (SOUND) Excellent. Everybody take a deep breath. (SOUND) Let it out. (SOUND) And give me a little intensity in your face. You ready? Yeah, a little toughness. (SOUND) Good.
(SOUND) Excellent. James, move over just a little bit to your right. Good, good, good. Perfect. OK, here we go. Last couple of frames, no blinks. Any blinks, I kill you. OK, you've got weapons. That's it. Thank you guys, thank you very much. Male This looks, this looks very sharp. That's going to make an awesome print. Male Wow. Male Cool. Male Looks good. Male So you guys will all have high RES files of this.
(CROSSTALK) Facebook is cool. (LAUGH) Posting in your room is cool. Male Okay. Male You know, billboard on a 2 million dollar advertising campaign not cool. (LAUGH) But you know just anyway any reasonable way just throw it. Male On your own personal web page it's a fencing club their website, whatever. Obviously, there might be a big picture of this in the lobby somewhere. You know, that kind of stuff, so. I'm thinking 20 by 30 feet on the back wall. Male (LAUGH) Would look like, would look awesome. Male Yes.
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