It's Day 4 of my Six Days of Speedlight Shooting Tips here on my blog. Scroll down for previous speedlite posts.
Today's tips: Light the background . . . add a pattern to the background . . . change the color of the background. Have fun!
Watch the video, which was recorded in the TWiP studio with my friends Catherine Hall and Leo Laporte. Good fun - and good info. My segment starts about 23 minutes into the show.
The show was recorded last year before I switched to Squarespace for my .com site.
If you like on-line learning, check out my Kelby Training on-line classes. Master composition and learn how to see the light.
Accessories used for this shoot:
- Honl Gel Kit. Lets you add color to the light from your speedlite.
- Honl 1/8" Grid. Lets you focus the light.
- Tether Tools Essentials Pack. Hooks up your camera to your computer.
- My custom cardboard light modifier. :-)
My lens for this shoot: Canon 24-105mm IS lens, which I use for most of my photography.
Explore the light,
P.S. Here's a bonus tip, which I just added, from my friend Kevin Pepper, who runs The Photographer's Lounge. We do workshops together. Our next one is in Tanzania.
Tip: Keep the eyes (pupils) wide open. Notice the size of the subject's pupils in Kevin's photograph. The pupils are very large, due to the studio being relatively dark - and the speedlite firing at about 1/10,000 of a second.
Studies have shown that we are more drawn to portraits when the subject's pupils are wide-open.
The next time you are going through the supermarket checkout line, look at the covers of the fashion magazines, and notice the size of the subject's pupils.
This post sponsored by Borrow lenses - which also rents speedlites and speedlite accessories.