Look at this corporate environmental portrait, made last week:
Without the light, this picture would have the following drawbacks:
- Flat face, instead of the 3-D and “shaped” version we see here.
- No emphasis on the subject
- Way too much clutter.
The shot used my usual “one speedlight through an umbrella” setup. My camera and:
- One light stand,
- A mounting bracket,
- An umbrella,
- A flash, a Canon 580EX
- One pocketwizard–to–hotshoe cable,
- Two pocketwizards.
The key here is not to add light; the key is the light direction. And indeed “OCF”, off-camera flash, is… off camera.