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Modifying the flash


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Photo Assignment: Group Shots

with Derrick Story

Video: Modifying the flash

I'm going to talk about light modifiers for a moment, and there is a very good reason. When we shoot with direct flash, you notice here that this area is very small. Now, the problem is when you have light coming out of a small area like this, it's harsh, and that's not the most flattering light for any type of portrait or group shot. So what we want to do is make that light bigger, and the best way to do that is use some type of modifier. Now, I have a couple here that I want to show you. This first one here, this is a Rogue Lightbender. It's kind of fun.
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36m 15s Beginner Apr 12, 2011

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In this installment of the popular Photo Assignment series, professional photographer Derrick Story demonstrates the art of shooting timeless group shots. Derrick provides suggestions for appropriate lighting gear and shares advice for capturing subjects at their best, both indoors and out. After viewing the tutorials, join Derrick and the lynda.com community in the course's companion Flickr group—a venue for lynda.com members to submit their group shot samples for discussion and review.

Group Shots Photo Assignment Flickr Discussion Group

Topics include:
  • Modifying a camera's flash for effective lighting
  • Understanding how to use a flash bracket
  • Using a light stand for large groups
  • Positioning subjects for an effective composition
  • Capturing couples shots
  • Reviewing photos from the shoot
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Photography
Author:
Derrick Story

Modifying the flash

I'm going to talk about light modifiers for a moment, and there is a very good reason. When we shoot with direct flash, you notice here that this area is very small. Now, the problem is when you have light coming out of a small area like this, it's harsh, and that's not the most flattering light for any type of portrait or group shot. So what we want to do is make that light bigger, and the best way to do that is use some type of modifier. Now, I have a couple here that I want to show you. This first one here, this is a Rogue Lightbender. It's kind of fun.

It just attaches to flash. It will work on just about any type of flash. It uses Velcro. I won't rip it for you, but you get the idea. And you can shape the direction of the light with this bendable white surface here. Works very good. Now, when you're in a big hurry it might not be the best choice, because sometimes you want to fiddle with it to get that light just right. So when you want to work quickly, a fun tool is this Gary Fong Lightsphere. Now, it throws light everywhere, but the good news is that it's very soft.

So you get a flattering light and you can work quickly. We also have an umbrella here and these are tried-and-true methods of portraits and group shots. The thing about the umbrella is that these are sort of large and unwieldy to carry around, so instead we can use these smaller modifiers. They come in a variety of sizes. And in our photo shoot I'm going to show you how to use all of them, so you can decide which is the right one for you.

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