Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Group portrait, part of Lighting with Flash: Sports from Action to Portraits.
Alright so here we are on the lighting for the fencing group shot. …But before we get to that I wanted to talk about something that frankly is a …little more important. And that is how do you find yourself in a …situation where you can have the access to people like this to photograph them. …You know, the first thing I can tell you is you have to ask. …You have to always keep your eyes open and always be willing to put yourself out …on a limb as a photographer to fall into cool situations. …Joe McNally says, one of my favorite sayings, if you're pictures aren't good …enough, try putting your camera in front of more interesting things.…
And that's something that I've really grown to subscribe to lately. …And I will you know I'm not shy at all about saying hey this is a cool operation …I'd really like to come out and photograph you guys. …No money involved because I'm the one asking its not like they're asking me. …And what I'm wanting to do is to, to intersperse the assignment work I'm getting. …
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.
- Setting up a multi-strobe shoot
- Capturing athletes in action
- Balancing fading daylight with flash
- Tips for using color gels and flash accessories, from cold shoes to softboxes