Chapter 3 Intro | Transcription

Welcome to Chapter Three. This is where it gets exciting, this is where we get to start dancing because, that’s not really how I, okay, that is really how I dance actually. Let’s just be honest. This is where we’re going on and heading out and doing actual shoots and so it’s going to be really fun and exciting. We’re going to show you a ton of different techniques and this chapter is focused to primarily off camera bare bulb flash techniques. Now what I want to say at this point it that as you’re watching these videos, if you have questions about the gear, the technology, those types of thing, refer back to Chapter Two as needed.

If you have questions on foundation, lighting principles, soft light vs. hard light, how to defuse vs. how to create a specular light, ambient vs. flash balancing, T durations, and all that other kind of stuff, which we’re going to, of course, touch on, but we assume that you already are coming into this course with that basic lighting foundation knowledge. If not, refer back to Lighting 101 because that’s where we explained all that in complete detail.

Let’s talk about what we’re doing in Chapter Three. We’re going to start things off with eight steps to perfecting each shot and image when using OCAF. Okay, so what does that mean? Basically, whenever we take the flash off camera, we’re now introducing another complexity. In lighting 101, it was all about shooting with on camera flash, so that way we can kind of focus just on manipulating light and so forth. Now in additional to manipulating that light, we have to kind of worry about all the technology of getting it off camera but then also we have to worry about the additional shadows and light and highlights and so forth that are being created from these off-camera light sources.

It creates a little more complexity and to kind of address that in every single scene that we walk through, we’re going to give you eight steps to kind of walk through on your shoots to think through the process of arriving at that final image. That’s going to be that first video. Next we have two videos on overpowering the sun, part one and part two. Why, because, well we threw this as the very first video because the question that I get asked the most when it comes to off-camera flash is, how in the heck do you overpower the sun and usually people don’t say that.

Usually they’ll say, Pye my backgrounds are all white and my subjects are all, well when I expose for them, the background is white and when I expose for the background, they’re dark and so forth. This goes back to overpowering the sun and getting enough light in there and we’re going to do that starting out, just because I think that’s what most of you want to know first. Then we’re going to go to slowing down and watching the details. We’re going to take just a minute to kind of analyze shadows and analyze what makes a scene and how to kind of fine tune and refine your scene.

We’re going to go into more power without the power. This is a little trick, compositing trick, that we like to use. We’re going to demonstrate how we do that. Adding light to existing light, this is one of my favorite uses of flash, is rather than actually modifying light direction or rather than doing anything and changing anything that’s there, all we’re doing is, we’re amplifying light that’s already existing and it creates a really cool effect. We’re going to go into bare bulbing with larger groups. Bare bulbing, meaning that we’re going to basically use bare bulb flashes to light an entire group.

We’re going to show you how to feather and set those up. It’s not an ideal type of technique but it works when you’re in a pinch and it’s absolutely fantastic. Later on, we’ll get into our ideal techniques. We’re going to talk about backlighting to create interest, how a simple shot that looks absolutely boring can look amazing by just turning your flash into a backlight. Then we’re going to get crazy with the whip pan. Yeah, I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m not going to give you any teaser on what that’s about. We’re just going to leave it right there.

Then what’s going to happen is all of you are going to jump to the last video in this chapter just to see what it is. I know. I know you because that’s what I would do, but it’s going to be cool.