Light is everything.

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.


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