Creating Pure Tender Studio Gentle with One Strobe

We’ll present you tips on how to grasp the artwork of making tender and pure mild portraits utilizing off-camera flash. Whether or not you’re knowledgeable photographer or simply beginning out, this tutorial will give you helpful ideas and methods to boost your portrait pictures abilities.

What’s up, everybody? My title is Sal Cincotta, and at this time we’re in my studio and we’re going to create pure tender mild, besides we’re not utilizing window mild. We’re going to be utilizing one studio strobe.

What’s the setup? What are we doing? I’ve received a Westcott FJ400 as our principal mild. I’m utilizing a Westcott Octa large switch. Their change system simply lets you use your mild modifiers on completely different mild sources. It interchanges the adapter so you should utilize it. You by no means lose your funding. So far as I’m involved, Westcott is without doubt one of the finest mild modifiers in the marketplace. Inside right here, you’ll discover I’ve received some internal baffling, received diffusion materials out right here. So it’s simply going to soften that mild increasingly more as a result of I would like tender mild. Now if we’re outside and we’re exterior, all mild, pure mild just isn’t all the time tender. So we’ve seen a whole lot of portraits the place they use onerous mild and so they look stunning. It’s very tough to create that magnificence type portrait utilizing onerous mild. Not unimaginable, nevertheless it’s simply not what we’re doing at this time.

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So at this time I need to soften this mild up through the use of a big mild supply, placing that mild supply very near our mannequin, to our topic. You are able to do this for headshots. They’ll feel and appear completely different versus that conventional flat lighting. And one of many issues to think about after we’re speaking about pure mild is if you’re utilizing pure mild, true pure mild, it’s bouncing all over. So the whole lot tends to have some mild on it, except it’s being formed by a sure measurement window, sure course, the solar’s excessive, the solar’s low. You perceive what I’m saying. So for this, I simply need to soften it. I need to get a good tender directional mild, and we’re going to mirror it utilizing a white V-Flat. And the nearer I put that V-Flat, the much less the shadows will likely be on the facet. The additional I transfer that V-Flat away, the more durable these shadows will likely be.

So that is the wonder, I all the time say it, season to style. That is the fantastic thing about all that as a result of we’re going to dial one thing in that appears and feels considerably extra pure, considerably extra tender, than a standard onerous portrait. So let’s get some issues out of the way in which. I’m utilizing a light-weight meter. I’m utilizing the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR-U. Can we simply provide you with less complicated names? And if I measure ambient within the room proper now, no flash, I’m being lit with virtually 1.0 of sunshine, of pure mild, at ISO 200 and 250th of a second. And so all I’m going to do to do away with most of this ambient is about this up for about 2.8, possibly 3.2, or 4.0. After which I’m overpowering the ambient within the room in order that we’re utilizing the flash to light up this portrait.

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So within the spirit of that, let’s get dialed in right here. On digicam, we’re utilizing a Canon EOS R5. We’re utilizing the 50 millimeter 1.2, however I’m not going to be capturing at 1.2. Then I’m additionally utilizing FJ Westcott 400 and their X3 M, their new set off. So we’re going to have her proper about right here. It’ll be considerably directional, nevertheless it’s off to the facet. Get some reflection right here. ISO 200, 2 hundredth of a second. And if we put this right here, we’re getting 2.8 on that mild. And I’ll put it nearer to her head, high of her head. And we’re getting 2.8 flat. So if you wish to see that, 2.8 flat is what we’re getting.

Now, that is what’s going to be reflecting a few of that mild again. It’s not going to be 2.8. I don’t need it to be even. We do need some shadows right here. Type of see what we’re getting right here. And right here it’s telling me it’s underexposed. So all I’m going to do right here is transfer this just a little bit nearer to her to push a few of that mild into her. And now we’re getting 1.8. So there’s a few cease and a half distinction between that key mild and what’s being pushed again right here. If I would like extra, I simply maintain pushing it nearer and nearer. So hopefully that’s all making sense. Now let’s begin dialing in on digicam as a result of it doesn’t matter what the sunshine meter tells you, and it’s not difficult to make use of, guys, however it doesn’t matter what that mild meter’s telling you, there’s all the time just a little little bit of that sort of seasoning, you already know what I’m telling you?

As a result of what you see on the again of your digicam by no means actually fairly seems to be the way in which you need. However just a little sort of professional tip right here, don’t belief the again of your digicam display screen. Anyone who’s been knowledgeable photographer for any period of time is aware of this as a result of what you see on these vivid LCD display screen, it’s only a lie. The true take a look at to know is to have a look at the histogram of the picture. And I don’t know in the event you can see this right here, that histogram is telling you the place the highlights and shadows are. So that you’re seeing we’ve received extra shadow than spotlight element. And that’s the true take a look at. It doesn’t matter what that picture is telling you right here, that histogram is absolutely the fact.

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So that you’ve received to make use of just a little little bit of the histogram, just a little little bit of a mild meter, and actually your personal skillset to know what you’re going to do in post-production. Are you going to crush shadows? Are you going to carry down highlights. Season to style. I can’t maintain saying it. Let’s get going right here. Let’s do one thing cool. Come on in right here, my lady. So I’m going to have you ever proper there. Flip in the direction of me. Yeah. All proper. So on digicam, ISO 200, 2 hundredth of a second, F3.2. And I’m going to take a take a look at shot. We’re going to see and ensure it seems to be the way in which we would like, after which we’re going to start out working. What I’m searching for is I don’t desire a background that’s going to go black, so I do want some mild hitting that background as a result of I would like sort of an evenly lit portrait aside from her face. I would like her face to pop. It’s a portrait.

So right here we go. Let’s get a take a look at shot going. Stunning. Right here we go. One, two. Okay, so I like what I’m seeing again at digicam. You’re going to see this in your display screen. Lighting seems to be good. If I have a look at the histogram right here, no highlights are being blown. We’ve received some darkish shadows which can be there, however nothing’s clipping. So my shadows aren’t being blocked up. If you wish to sort of see what that may appear like, if I spin this to F8 simply to point out you guys, okay, now what you’re going to see if you have a look at that histogram, you see all of the shadows being crushed down right here. There’s no line between that and the bar. There’s no line there. So which means all these shadows are being crushed and that’s the way you sort of use that histogram. And I do know that’s not the purpose of this video, however we received to study these items.

So let’s return to F32. I’m going to verify right here on my LCD display screen. The sunshine is simply so tender on her face. You guys received to be loving that tender mild. And we’re doing it with simply one strobe right here. So it’s simply proof you don’t want thirty lights to create a stunning portrait right here. 

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