Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Blacksmith portrait, part of Lighting with Flash: On Location, from Close Up to Portrait.
Alright we wanted to give a second look at Alvin who had done so well for us as a …subject for environmental picture in the blacksmith shop. …And to do that we we decided to do a nice portrait of him using this this doorway. …So we placed him in front of the doorway and we're going to build we're going to …build our light from the back. So, in the ambient exposure here, our …room is very, very dark. And we want it dark. …Because we want that, the light from that glowing piece of metal he's going to be …holding, to have the ability to build up as we leave our shutter open.…
Without the rest of the room just going all crazy exposure wise. …So, we going to start with a dark room. And we're going to stick a, a flash with …a, a little stoffen type dome. It's, it's the Nikon dome that comes with …the flash, actually. And we're going to put a piece of tape on …the front of that to keep that hotspot from really getting too bright in that doorway. …So it's going to be, put a nice glow on the doorway behind Alvin and it's …
- Uncluttering the background of close-up shots
- Adding flash and refining exposure
- Setting up lighting for a portrait
- Organizing photo meet-ups that have a purpose