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Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees

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I am frankly a little iffy about speaking my head down in there. I have been shot at, so I am not scared to do things that are dangerous to take pictures. Jim You want to see bees. Male To the extent possible, yes sir. we could do right down, oh, that's the intake vent, anywhere on the ground, I can bend down and shoot them with no worries. Jim I want to get you one. Male Okay. Jim We'll go back to this one. Male Okay. Jim It's got lots of bees on it. Male Yep. Put them happy side up. Jim Alright. You move to where you want to be, and I'll. Male We can be, right down in there would be fine. Yep. Jim You don't care about the leaves? Male Oh no, I'm going to be in too close for that.

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Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees
29m 12s Intermediate Jul 05, 2013

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In this installment of the Lighting with Flash series, photographer and Strobist.com publisher David Hobby employs compact flash units to light an outdoor environmental portrait of a beekeeper and his bees. For the portrait, David balances the light from two strobes with late-afternoon sunshine, using a snap-on grid to focus the light from one strobe and adjusting his camera's white balance to add warmth to shade-lit skin tones.

Next, David addresses a more challenging subject: a humming hive of honeybees. Working quickly for obvious reasons, David uses his camera's automatic, through-the-lens (TTL) flash-exposure mode along with a ring-light adaptor for the strobe. The course concludes with some insights on David's approach to lighting and his choice of subject matter.

Topics include:
  • Balancing daylight and flash
  • Using a grid modifier to control flash lighting
  • Using TTL mode to work quickly
  • Choosing subjects that make good stories
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Photography Flash Photography Portraits Lighting
Author:
David Hobby

The photo shoot

I am frankly a little iffy about speaking my head down in there. I have been shot at, so I am not scared to do things that are dangerous to take pictures. Jim You want to see bees. Male To the extent possible, yes sir. we could do right down, oh, that's the intake vent, anywhere on the ground, I can bend down and shoot them with no worries. Jim I want to get you one. Male Okay. Jim We'll go back to this one. Male Okay. Jim It's got lots of bees on it. Male Yep. Put them happy side up. Jim Alright. You move to where you want to be, and I'll. Male We can be, right down in there would be fine. Yep. Jim You don't care about the leaves? Male Oh no, I'm going to be in too close for that.

Okay? Alright. We'll see if I, how stupid I am here, now. (SOUND) So it's very cool. I'm going to press my luck and go in nice and closely for the last one. (SOUND) We're good. Thank you sir.

This is cool. I'm still like a seven year old kid on, on new stuff sometimes but, this is everybody's nice and tech sharp.

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