Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting the shot with a small softbox and some foil, part of Lighting with Flash: On Location, from Close Up to Portrait.
So rather than taking this light and going up all the way off the ceiling, I'm …going to put a big softbox. Well, not big for us, but really big …compared to Sticky, right over him. And this is a LumiQuest Softbox LTp for …laptop pro, because it's designed to be as big as your 15-inch MacBook and ride …right alongside it in the, in your case and take up no extra space. …So let's see where we're at, power-wise. So this is on 1 128th power.…
I've got it dialed down as far as I can go for a couple reasons. …I don't need a ton of power this close, and I also don't want to subject the frog …to any more trauma than necessary. So see what we got here. …And I'm going to close down to f8 just on a guess. …So I'm going to give myself a little more power, because I do want to have depth of …field to start to carry these other sticks and such, because I think that's, …that's interesting to have there. So I'm going to crank it up to, let's …call it 132nd power. Sticky is gotta really be wondering …what's going on here. So you're probably seeing a lot of dirt …
- 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