A way to push your portrait even further is by creating a lighting setup that complements your subject. In this video, photographer Joe McNally demonstrates how he uses hot lights, a soft box, and Nikon speedlights to not only light the belly dancer well, but to also create a feel as if she is on stage.
- The principal source of light will be Speedlites.…I figure we can do that in here,…and it might be a good way to work.…We've got a Lastlight Octa up there,…with two Speedlites in it.…It's also, as you can see, it's got an egg crate,…because I want the light to be pretty controlled.…There is always a backup position for this,…as always has to be.…I might go with a softer light,…depending on how this looks for her,…but I think it'll be okay.…The fills are basically footlights, simulating stage lights.…
Silver on the floor, I'm going to bang two small flashes.…They'll be in the same group, same level,…equidistant on either side.…Again, imagine a dancer onstage,…and there's footlights all across the front of the stage.…So, I've got this here, to simulate that effect and feel.…So it should be a little bit quote-unquote glamorous.…What we do with our bounces is we,…when we're using Speedlites, we take the dome diffusers off,…and zoom the Speedlite heads to,…you know, 50, 70, 85, somewhere in there.…
Because with a dome diffuser on a Speedlite,…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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