Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Insights on lighting and urban beekeeping, part of Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees.
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Alright. So, technically this shoot was very …different than most shoots that I do and that normally I'm thinking about lighting …the subject first, and then lighting the environment. …The light source that was lighting Jim was, was literally open shade which is …being over powered by the sun as it's setting now but, but at the time that we …shot he was catching coolish open shade light pushing into the woods. …So if I let that shade light him and then fix any problems I need to fix with a …gridded flash. And, and we did that exactly by popping a …gridded SB800 into his, his face behind the black mask.…
So I was able to bring just his face up, leave him lit by the blue ambient light …and the other light we had in this frame is what we call a special, which is …designed just to do one thing. And that was a gridded flashback in the …woods just barely popping the hive, so we can bring it up in a subtle way, but not …hit you over the head with a hammer, here I am beehive. …it's out of focus, it's lit to probably about one stop down, and it completes …
Next, David addresses a more challenging subject: a humming hive of honeybees. Working quickly for obvious reasons, David uses his camera's automatic, through-the-lens (TTL) flash-exposure mode along with a ring-light adaptor for the strobe. The course concludes with some insights on David's approach to lighting and his choice of subject matter.
- Balancing daylight and flash
- Using a grid modifier to control flash lighting
- Using TTL mode to work quickly
- Choosing subjects that make good stories