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Lighting with Flash: Basics

The ring as key with light on the background


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Lighting with Flash: Basics

with David Hobby

Video: The ring as key with light on the background

I want to find a way to just really emphasize the color in your lips coming back. So, here's my problem. I can light her with this ring flash, and I can have the light falling off as it gets back to her, but she's got the shadow. And I want to make that shadow go away by putting a light behind her, so I'm going to pull you out just a little bit if I could. There we go, thank you. Drop this in. All right, have a seat. I'm going to get this down.

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Lighting with Flash: Basics
1h 50m Appropriate for all May 10, 2013

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In the Lighting with Flash series, photographer and Strobist blog publisher David Hobby demonstrates how to use compact flash units in a variety of lighting scenarios. In this first installment, he covers the basics, starting with ambient window light and ending with a four-light shoot of a model. Along the way, the course covers a variety of fundamental lighting concepts as well as accessories such as ring lights and softboxes. The course includes diagrams and detailed explanations of the lighting setups.

Topics include:
  • Starting with window light
  • Adding a flash and umbrella
  • Using multiple strobes
  • Layering and creating a cone of light
  • Creating classic ring light glamour
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Flash Photography Portraits Lighting
Author:
David Hobby

The ring as key with light on the background

I want to find a way to just really emphasize the color in your lips coming back. So, here's my problem. I can light her with this ring flash, and I can have the light falling off as it gets back to her, but she's got the shadow. And I want to make that shadow go away by putting a light behind her, so I'm going to pull you out just a little bit if I could. There we go, thank you. Drop this in. All right, have a seat. I'm going to get this down.

So instead of using this light to accent her, I'm now using it to erase the shadow that the ring is making. I don't know if it's bright enough. I don't know anything yet. Let's just try it. Very different-looking. Okay, do not move, perfect! Okay, chin up just a little bit. Good, good. I like the way you pulled your shoulder in like that too.

Good. Okay, the light's a little too hot in the back, and we'll take that down just a tad. Is that right? Better. Okay, don't move. Okay, not so much around with your shoulder; you had it back just there. There you go. Good. Now sit up straight and just pull your shoulder back a little bit. Let me think. You had something earlier where you had your shoulder back just a little bit, but yeah, yeah, yeah, up and back, like your arm was up a little higher. There you go, there you go, that's it.

Okay, now rotate your head back just a bit. There you go. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Now look away like you just did. That's good. All right, right here. Don't move. You're perfect, my flash is visible. How can I make that smaller? I can't. Yes I can. There, there, there. Hopefully that will do it.

We're getting into height differences and issues and such. Now I think we got it, you held that so perfectly. Now did I blow it or not? There we go. All right, chin up just a little bit. Now I can back up and I don't have to worry about that background getting too dark. Okay, chin right at me, rotate your head straight on, that's straight. Okay good, good, good.

Chin up just a little bit. Good, good! I like the lips just like that; it's good. So these lips come back with--that highlight that wraps right around the lips, so it's very cool. I'm going to go with a longer lens for just a moment--hang on. I'm giving myself as I backup just instinctively, I'm giving myself a little more power, because I know this flash is getting weaker as I back up. Don't move. There we go. Good, good.

I like that little bit, no, the little intensity in the eye. That was really neat. Tighten them up just a little bit. I mean tighten up your eyes, chin was up a little bit, there you go. Chin up just a tad. All right, relax. Look at this. It's so completely different than when we've been doing before.

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