Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Portrait of a dancer, part of Lighting with Flash: Capturing a Dancer in Motion.
Welcome back to our diagrams, where my drawings exist for one primary function, and that is…to make you feel superior about your own drawing skills.…So this is an amazing likeness of Stephanie, as you can tell, our dancer.…And we are doing something a little more edgy compared to the white picture that we did.…We are going Yin Yang, and we're going to do a shot on pure black.…She has an amazing back, and I wanted to capture that.…
I saw it in another frame that had been done by another photographer a couple of years ago.…It's a back you just look at and you say, I've got to get a chance to shoot that back sometime.…It's just gorgeous musculature and just an amazingly fit person.…I knew right away I didn't want to light it from a typical angle.…This is a portrait of the definition of her body.…So I wanted to light it from the top and hang an umbrella right over her, which frankly, is…something that I do a lot.…I spent a lot of time shooting with umbrellas at 45 degree up and 45 degrees over, and they…
- Assessing a space and setting up a background
- Lighting a background to create a "blow-away white"
- Working with umbrellas and ring light adaptors
- Lighting to show musculature and form