Effective portraits can be achieved with careful use of available light but adding extra light to the mix can dramatically expand the creative possibilities.
In this session we will wander with a model and some lighting equipment for a few hours and practice portrait lighting techniques. Shooting outdoors will allow us to utilise a variety of different backdrops.
Some topics covered:
• working with a model
• tips for composing portraits
• working with flash to supplement or overpower available light
• working with basic lighting modifiers
• basic lighting setups
This session will be limited to 4 photographers and Soph will be our model (see below).
As our model will be paid, you will be under no set obligation to return photos to her but you will be encouraged to upload your photos here so that everyone can see your efforts. Photographers will be welcome to use the photos shot for personal portfolio use only.
Photographers will be expected to already know the basics of how to use their camera to achieve correct exposure. A working understanding of film speed, shutter speed and aperture will be useful. Photographers who have attended some or all of my previous Flash Lighting sessions will probably find this session easier to manage than those who are not yet comfortable with basic flash techniques.
The only equipment required will be a camera and lens. The camera should have a standard flash hotshoe for mounting an external flash. Your lens should reach at least 70mm. I'll suggest using a general purpose zoom lens (eg. 24-70mm) to achieve different perspectives but if all you have is a "nifty fifty" 50mm f1/.8 on a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera, that's fine.
All lighting equipment and modifiers will be supplied for you to use. If you want to bring some of your own gear, contact me beforehand so that we can discuss how that might work.
As this session is conducted outdoors, please dress comfortably and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella.
If you are having difficulties making payment via the Meetup site, you can go direct to Paypal and make payment to "[masked]". Make sure you include a note indicating which session you're making payment for. Payment in advance is preferred for my sessions.
Some photos from previous off-camera flash workshops...