- The Short Version
- Back to Basics, Quickly
- Shoot: Position Your Modifier with intention
- Shoot: One Speedlite with Fill Reflector
- Shoot: Creating Soft Fill Light with a Big Umbrella
- Shoot: Broad and Short Lighting
- Shoot: Think of The Shutter as a Light Modifier
- Shoot: Just a Slash of Light
- Shoot: RING The Lens with Light
- Shoot: Nose to The Gridded Light
- Shoot: One-Light White Seamless
- Shoot: Speedliting a Silhouette
- Shoot: Does Softbox Size Matter?
Shoot: Nose to The Gridded Light
A great tip to remember when shooting portraits with hard light is that if you aim the flash directly at the subject’s nose (or vice versa), the harshness of the hard shadows is minimized.
Grids Are A Favorite Modifier
As you can see in Figure 19.27, I placed a gridded Speedlite to the right side of my camera and aimed it straight at Arlan’s nose. The purpose for the ″ grid was to create a tight pool of light on his face and hat. My visual strategy was to reveal just enough of his environment and wardrobe so that you would get a sense of his persona and then encourage you to focus on his handsome face.
A Window Creates Rim Light
Take a close look at the left edge of the jacket, neck, and hat in Figure 19.28. See the edge of light that provides the critical separation between the subject and the background? It is ambient light that came from a window about 45° to the left of and 8′ behind the model. Without that edge of rim light, his jacket, neck, and hat would have merged into the background.
So my ambient exposure was based on two goals:
- Dim the background so that the viewer will focus on my subject’s face.
- Maintain just enough of the ambient rim light to provide a clear separation between the subject and the background.
Environment: Old warehouse
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Ambient: Diffuse windowlight
Speedlite: One 600EX-RT
Zoom: Zoomed to 200mm
Modifier: Strobros Grid ″
Distance: About 5′
Height: 7′ (angled down)
Trigger: ST-E3-RT Transmitter
Camera: 5D Mark III
Lens: 24–105mm f/4L IS at 60mm
Distance to Subject: 5′
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure: ″, f/8, ISO 800
White Balance: Daylight
Figure 19.26 Lighting diagram
Figure 19.27 Our location for the shoot
Figure 19.28 I dimmed the ambient light by two stops with my shutter speed and aimed the gridded flash directly at Arlan’s nose. You will note that the nose and chin shadows are hard, but their placement accentuates his features.