Sometimes, light can be simple.
Like here: One TTL flash, bounced to my right (in order to ensure that light goes onto the subject’s face, not onto the back of her head):
But sometime, for creative reasons you want more lights.Look at the following studio setup from a course the other day:
- Backdrop from www.backdropoutlet.com
- Main light is a speedlight with a softbox
- Right fill is a reflector
- Back fill, a flash bounced off the ceiling
- Edge light, two strobes
- Tow background lights: one white, one yellow (flagged with Honl gobo)
Camera on typical “mixed light indoor flash” settings: 1/30th second at f/5.6, ISO 400.
Like this, demonstrated by my student, photographer Laura Wichman, the other day:
Camera on typical “Studio flash” settings: 1/125th second at f/8, ISO 100.
Because all that gets you light like this:
Both good, but both very different. And as a shooter you need to know how to handle both types of setup. Which is why I strongly recommend training. Because the good news: this is simple, once you know how.