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Day Two at the speedlight workshop at Anderson Ranch

Having learned the basics of working with Speedlights at our workshop at the Anderson Ranch Art Center, this morning I started with a demonstration of how to add fill to an outdoor situation.

I started with the camera in Aperture Priority to get a baseline for the ambient exposure.  Once I had that, I went to manual mode and darkened the background up another stop to make it more dramatic.  With that done, I added a Speedlight inside a LightwareDirect Foursquare softbox at about a 30 degree angle to the left of the camera in ETTL mode.  Once I saw what the camera thought was a good exposure, I made a final adjustment by increasing the flash compensation until I had the skin tones where I wanted them.  That done, workshop attendees practiced this concept in a number of locations around Anderson Ranch.

After lunch, we went back into the studio to start working with two light scenarios.  We started with the LightwareDirect Foursquare softbox as our key light and then added a Rogue Grid from Expo Imaging on a light off to the right.  Here's what came from that quick demonstration.

After attendees practiced this approach, I demonstrated working with modifiers as the key light to create more drama.

In the picture below, the Rogue Grid from Expo Imaging was used as the key light off to the right at eye level.  The LightwareDirect Foursquare was used a the fill light from the left side toward the rear to give separation.

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It does make a wonderful light, the FourSquare. And thank you.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Peregrine

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