Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video The initial lighting setup and exposure goals, part of Lighting with Flash: On Location from Close Up to Portrait.
David: All right. So, we're going to be shooting Alban …using this doorway as a backdrop for a portrait. …It's got a lot of really nice texture to it, both in the door itself, but also, …there's some depth inside. And I want to see if you can see this but …but I've taken a Stoffen and put it on an SB-800, which I've got slaved. …And I blacked out the front of the Stoffen, so, so, if I've got this set up …right, oh no, I've gotta reset it. One moment please, there we go. …And mode, manual. So, what I'm going to do is light up this …doorway, and I'm killing a lot of the light that will be going straight on the …doorway itself. And leaving more of it to go around the edges.…
So, it made it like, it sort of comes out like this, like a, like a saucer, and not …so much forward. If I had this off, you see how much …brighter the door would be right there. And even if I took this tape off of this …Stoffen, it's, it's not technically a Stoffen, it's a little diffuser that …comes with the camera. You could also see that it's going to be …
- 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