Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the stage, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits.
So here we are here in a great studio that has lots of space and a piece of…seamless and lots of room to do this photograph.…And today we're going to photograph of a woman, a great model, dressed as…a Celtic warrior.…And in order to show off the line of her body and the equipment that she's…carrying, we've decided that what we need to do is make sure that there's no…flash on the camera.…So in fact, we've moved the strobes off the camera.…
And at least for starters we're going to use four lights.…So two of the lights are to be bounced into umbrellas.…and then we're going have an overhead shot and then another backlight with the…diffuser that's located behind the model.…So let's put this one in place.…This one I want on the left-hand side.…So I'm going to move it right on the edge of the seamless and the model's going…to sit on the stool.…And I'm going to move this in pretty close, as close as I can get it at…least for starters.…
On the other side we're going to use this umbrella.…But one of the big differences is this umbrella's larger.…
In this installment, Jim shows how to light and shoot a portrait with a dramatic look. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to light the subject and the background. He also shows how to offer direction, pose the subject, and make him or her feel more comfortable. The course wraps up with tips on distinct ways to effectively light and separate the subject from the background, using gels, adjusting lights, and modifying the ratios between multiple strobes and the ambient light in the room.
- Preparing for a shoot
- Positioning the subject
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for lighting and shooting portraits