Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The third flash as a backlight, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…The third light in our three point…lighting system is going to be a backlight.…Sometimes that's called a hair light or a rim light.…So we've got our key, that's putting the main dose of light on Stephen.…We've got a fill that's filling in the shadows.…What we want is some light behind him to create some kind…of highlight around his body so that he sets off from the background.…And on a background like this, where we're against white, he stands out pretty well.…But still we can add some highlighting around the edges of him.…That'll really give him…more depth a and dimension and that would really be critical if there was…stuff in the background but even against a white background its going to matter.…
I keep looking up in the sky here because I have already positioned.…My backlight.…I've taken this light stand here and it's up way high pointing down.…I've got it up high like that mostly to keep it out of the shot.…As I'm shooting I don't want to see a light stand up there.…So I've gotta sneak a light in from somewhere so I've got it way up there.…
Fortunately, it isn't difficult to get great results from flash, and in this course, photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long details the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash. Ben starts with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in other installments of Foundations of Photography—simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in flash. He then focuses on fill flash techniques and on using flash as a key light. The course also explores topics ranging from bouncing and syncing flash to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units.
- How flash works
- Balancing ambient light and flash
- Understanding flash ranges and modes
- When to use fill flash
- Using an external flash
- Bouncing flash to improve light
- Building up multiple flash images
- Purchasing a flash