May
18

Work with multiple lights on location

by
Rebecca Greig

Use two speedlights to illuminate your scene and subject perfectly

Work with multiple lights on location

 

Work with multiple lights on location

1  Decide how to light the scene Once you arrive at your location, you must assess your lighting setup. This café was relatively bright, so we decided on two speedlights and a reflector balanced with the ambient light.

Work with multiple lights on location

2  Attach flash triggers and sync Now secure your flash triggers to the speedlights and set them to the same channel. Before you place them into position, do a few tests to make sure they have synced up.

Work with multiple lights on location

3  Set up your speedlights The main light was placed high up in front of the subject, just off to her left (camera right). This was angled in order to bounce some of the light off the ceiling and feather some toward the model.

Work with multiple lights on location

4  Light the background In environmental portraits, lighting the surroundings is just as important as lighting the subject. A second speedlight has been positioned behind the model to illuminate the background details.

Work with multiple lights on location

5  Use a reflector This has been used to bounce a small amount of the light coming from our main speedlight back onto the shadow side of the subject’s face, creating a more even effect.

Work with multiple lights on location

6  Shoot First take some test shots. You may have to alter your lighting in order to get the shot that you are after. Ensure you keep the depth of field narrow in order to capture as much of the background detail as possible.

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