Here, from yesterday’s class at Sheridan College, is talented student Darryl. First with just one light. Then with a second light. Then with that second light brighter. Then with a hair light added. And finally, with a background light also. Four flashes. Can you see how important it is to light a portrait just right, just the way you want it? Light makes all the difference.
Now we’re talking. And that took the following:
- Camera with 24-70 lens.
- Four flashes.
- Five pocketwizards (one for the camera, one for each flash).
- Five cables between PW and flash (from Flashzebra.com).
- Three light stands.
- Two umbrella brackets and one ball head.
- Two umbrellas (main=shoot through; fill=reflective).
- A Honl photo snoot for the hair light.
- A flash meter.
- A Honl photo egg yolk yellow gel fopr the background light (this coloour complements his blue sweater).
- A few minutes.
And that’s all – not complicated once you know how. And that’s what I teach, and as a photographer, you should know how to do a portrait like this in a few minutes.