Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the stage, part of Lighting with Flash: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees.
So, I'm going to grab a flash and an Orbis, and I'm going to do something that …a lot of people would consider heresy, but I really don't, and that's go into …TTL mode. my thinking is, I want to be able to get …in very quickly, shoot the picture, and get out. …In fact, we may only do one or two frames, just in case this light upsets …the bees, totally self-preservation. So rather than working out lighting …angles and, and, and flash intensities, f-stops and such, I'm going to go to f11 …to give me plenty of depth of field. I'm going to let the Orbis, which is, …which is something I normally use for fill. …And I'm literally never without this thing when I'm shooting people.…
And I'm going to let it work as a macro ring light. …And I think I'm just going to go straight TTL. …I don't even think I'm going to use a second light. …Because I don't want to make this any more complicated than it needs to be. …I'm going to let the camera drive. Bees are close to medium grey. …So, just going to go in, boom, boom, boom, on TTL, and get out. …
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