Off camera flash pre-meetup

  • December 30, 2012 · 7:00 PM

If we are going to learn lighting some of the exercises will have to be done on our own so when we get together everyone has some basic knowledge. So I suggest for this first part we upload five images using off camera flash. No light modifiers, no reflectors, just one flash. Get someone to sit for you or do self portraits. The five images should illustrate the following types of lighting: Rembrandt, butterfly, split, broad, and loop. This video details what these terms mean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmmZECtP3oM&feature=player_embedded
now they are using a softbox, but the principle is the same. I want people to begin to see what the flash is doing and think about how to control the light
After this stage we will start using light modifiers and fill.

post photos here

http://www.meetup.com/The-graduated-Photographers-ca/photos/11985612/

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  • Peter S.

    I have tried to get in touch with Jessie at SP to give us a demonstration.... I'll try again

    February 25, 2013

  • Ian

    this does not need to be expensive....., go to strobepro....theres a link just to the left <<<<<<<< http://www.strobepro.com/Cactus-V5-Radio-Trigger-Set_p_97.html#.USt9FWcueM0....and of course there are all kinds of things on ebay.....even using your on camera flash and an optical slave can work, I found optical slaves on ebay for less than $10.. this does not need to be expensive, i imagine there are cheap sync cables there as well...if you don't have a flash yet, again, look at strobe pro, several people in the group have the yongnuo flashes, they have one on sale now for $115

    February 25, 2013

  • Elle

    I just have to share how much I enjoyed this video!

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I missed the deadline but would like to try this challenge so I am going to do it in my own, anyway.

    December 31, 2012

    • Shamas M.

      Please load up the results, in sharing we all learn.

      January 1, 2013

  • Janet W.

    I would like to try this did not work out for me

    December 14, 2012

    • Shamas M.

      Try again Janet

      December 14, 2012

    • Ian

      the end date is the 30th, there will be more meet ups

      December 14, 2012

  • Mike

    This was an interesting exercise. When we get together we should go through these lighting examples. It seems that lighting is a game of inches. An inch forward, and inch back, a slight rotation left and right can run the gamut of the different lighting setups, without moving the light! It is difficult to gauge this doing self portraits. Working as a group would be extremely beneficial. I still encourage everyone to do the exercise as it was quite revealing to me.

    December 8, 2012

    • Ian

      what Mike said, I found the Rembrandt to be the most difficult, trying to get that little triangle of light was a challenge...

      December 14, 2012

    • Shamas M.

      I didn't really get the triangle in my self portrait ...but close enough for this stage.

      December 14, 2012

  • Ian

    anyone want to get together and do this. we could model for each other. we could do at my place in cochrane, or I could drive in to the city...

    December 5, 2012

    • Janet W.

      I can't join you this weekend but next weekend will work. My daughter and grandson and I are hitting Heritage Park next Sunday to do some Christmas card shots. We can use them as models. Let me know if you are interested K.

      December 6, 2012

    • Ian

      Can't really use the kids for this challenge, but thanks for the offer..Heritage park on a sunday sounds a little to busy for me..

      December 6, 2012

  • Mike

    Sure we could get together. We could go to Cochrane for a change

    December 6, 2012

  • Ian

    I would like to suggest that everyone takes another shot with the flash on camera. Not bounced, straight. I think that will drive home the point that you should not do it..

    December 1, 2012

  • Ian

    I googled around a little and found this. i didn't read ti, but it shows a photo of each type..
    http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/portrait-photography-lighting-the-5-classical-types/

    December 1, 2012

  • Shamas M.

    for this one you will require a light stand and some way to remote fire your flash ( sync cord or wireless remotes). Once we get to light modifiers we can start sharing.

    December 1, 2012

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