Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: Beekeeper portrait, part of Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees.
Okay, so here is an overhead look at what I saw when I walked up, and this is we …were looking from maybe 10 feet overhead. We've got bushes at camera left and we …got a hive in the background, and most important looking off into the trees at …the back camera, I'm looking through some late fall, not too many leaves still on …the trees but little sun happening in the back there. …so first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to take a picture of my own hand on …daylight, white balance, and automatic exposure.…
I'm shooting wide open with a, with a 35 millimeter lens because I want to throw …that out of focus a little bit in the background, but the first thing I noticed …here is that my hand is obviously too cool. …it's being lit by open shade which is happening over my, over my back camera …shoulder right. so the hand is lit okay but if, but if I …drop that down a little the beehive is definitely going to get dark in the back …and the, the trees are going to get a little darker. …what I want to do eventually going back to the diagram is to stick our beekeeper …
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