Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Window light photo shoot, part of Lighting with Flash: Basics.
All right, let's take a second and go to our lighting diagrams and talk through this first shoot.…I know it's very simple, but there are a couple things that are really important to remember…from this, and the first is to always, always consider your ambient light as a light source.…It's the first light in your bag, and that means to think about it in terms of quantity and of quality.…In this little section we're really more concerned with the quality than quantity, because we're…not going add any flash to it.…So here we are. We've got a photographer and a subject in a room, and what I have done is…take the light source as it exists and drop it right behind me.…
There is that open shade window. It's going to be nice, gorgeous soft light, and I'm using…it sort of as an on-axis big soft box.…It really doesn't matter what's behind Ramona in this instance, because I'm going to take…a moveable backdrop--in this case white--and we're going to drop it right in behind her,…so that negates whatever backdrop exists in the room already and allows us to put that…
- Starting with window light
- Adding a flash and umbrella
- Using multiple strobes
- Layering and creating a cone of light
- Creating classic ring light glamour