Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Bee macro, part of Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees.
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Okay. So here we are with our very tight bees. …And I've got 'em drawn in a little hive there. …I know you're impressed with my art skills. …I'm entirely, I'm entirely self taught. so this is the key for this picture. …every picture has a key to it. It might be. …My ambient light level is so high that, that I feel like I need to start at a …250th of a second to give me the most flash friendly aperture that I can hit or …the key might be that I need to choose a certain aperture for depth of field. …Here's the key to this picture, just a couple inches from my face, there are …going to be lots and lots of stingers. So that's going to drive every decision …that I make downstream. And the first thing that's going to cause …me to do is that's going to cause me to shoot in TTL because I don't want to take …any test shots. I want to lean right in there and get a …picture that's fairly close. I can tweak it if I have to in post …production afterwards. But I don't think I'm going to have to …because this is, this is a subject that's fairly homogenous in tone and it's pretty …
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