OCF = Anytime/Anyplace | Transcription

OCF equals anytime, anyplace. OCF in case you are wondering, stands for off-camera flash. Off-camera flash simply means that basically we can now shoot in any type of situation, any time of day, anyplace and get amazing results. Now you might have recognized this slide if you’ve watched Lighting 101. This is the same slide where basically we were trying to convince you why you should use flash in the first place and since you are taking this course, I’m assuming that I don’t need to convince you on using flash.

I will tell you why use, well off camera flash instead of on camera or hot shoot flash, because in Lighting 101, we taught you how to create incredible images by just simply shaping, by bouncing, using grids and so forth to shape that light and to get it onto your subject and create amazing images. Why is it that you need to take the flash off the camera? Well, the basic answer to this is that taking the flash off the camera gives us more of everything. Using flash in the first place, we had better control of light. We had better control of the amount of light, the direction of light, the quality of light and the color of light.

By taking the flash off the camera, we now have more of all these things. We now have more control over the amount of light because now we can use one, two, three, four off camera lights eventually or we can even stack flashes to control the overall amount of light. Whereas that’s not really an option when you’re just using a single hot shoot flash. We now have more control over the direction of light, because now we’re not limited to basically shooting from the same angle as the camera. We’re not limited to simply bounce techniques. We can place this flash anywhere in our entire scene.

We can place it behind the subjects even to create really cool rim and edge lighting effects. We now have more control over the quality of light, because now with the flash off the camera, we have a whole slew of modifiers that couldn’t be used when the flash was on camera, because simply they didn’t fit or because we couldn’t get the right results. You can’t really use a beauty dish on camera and then bounce that. Whereas we can take the flash off the camera, put a beauty dish and have it fired directly onto the subject. Lastly, we have more control now over the color of light.

Why? Because again, we can use multiple off-camera flash setups. Each one of these can have a different color temperature. We can be using different gels to control and create stylistic effects and so forth. Basically, what we’re talking about is off camera flash means anytime, anyplace. It means that you have more control over light, over everyone of these specific things, over the amount, the quality, the direction and the color of light. That’s going to enable you to go into any scene and create a fantastic image regardless of the time of day, regardless of how bad a scene looks or how bad the originating light is, you’re going to be able to create fantastic images time in and time out. That’s what being a professional photographer or even an inspiring amateur photographer is all about.

Introduction

  • 1.1 Lighting 201 Trailer
  • 1.2 Welcome to Lighting 201!
  • 1.3 OCF = Anytime/Anyplace
  • 1.4 Lighting 101 Speed Review
  • Gears, Setup, & Reference

  • 2.1 Our Three Favorite Camera Flashes 'Pocket Strobes'
  • 2.2 Chapter 2 Intro
  • 2.3 Wired, Infrared or Radio?
  • 2.4 “Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”
  • 2.5 4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At
  • 2.6 Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes
  • 2.7 Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers
  • 2.8 5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs
  • 2.9 Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range
  • 2.10 Our Favorite “Sticks”
  • 2.11 12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories
  • 2.12 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”
  • 2.13 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom...
  • 2.14 Gear Setup – Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”
  • 2.15 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom...
  • 2.16 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom...
  • 2.17 Chapter 2 Quiz: Gear Setups & Reference
  • Off-Camera Bare Bulb Pocket Strobe Techniques

  • 3.1 Chapter 3 Intro
  • 3.2 Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers
  • 3.3 8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF
  • 3.4 Over Powering the Sun – Part I
  • 3.5 Over Powering the Sun – Part II
  • 3.6 Slow Down! Watch the Details
  • 3.7 Assignment | Over Powering the Sun and Using "Upgrounds"
  • 3.8 More Power Without the Power
  • 3.9 Adding to Existing Light – Part I
  • 3.10 Assignment: Adding to Existing Light
  • 3.11 Bare Bulbing with Large Groups
  • 3.12 Back Lighting to Create Interest
  • 3.13 Assignment | Back Lighting to Create Interest
  • 3.14 Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”
  • 3.15 Assignment: The Whip Pan
  • 3.16 Chapter 3 Quiz: Off-Camera Bare Bulb Pocket Strobe Techniques
  • Off-Camera Modified Pocket & Medium Strobe Techniques

  • 4.1 Perfect In-Camera, Then Photoshop
  • 4.2 Chapter 4 Intro
  • 4.3 The Flash Modifier You Already Own
  • 4.4 The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella
  • 4.5 Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
  • 4.6 Exposure Balancing via Lightroom
  • 4.7 Assignment | Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
  • 4.8 Portable Softboxes
  • 4.9 Assignment | Softbox Portraits
  • 4.10 More Light Control, Just Grid It!
  • 4.11 Assignment | Softbox with Grid
  • 4.12 Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes
  • 4.13 Assignment: Modified Pocket Strobes at Dusk
  • 4.14 More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!
  • 4.15 Assignment | Medium or Full Strobe Portraits
  • 4.16 Adding to Existing Light – Part II
  • 4.17 Adding or Enhancing Light Direction
  • 4.18 Assignment | Adding to Existing Light with Medium or Full Strobe
  • 4.19 Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique
  • 4.20 Assignment | Medium or Full Strobe Group Photos
  • 4.21 Incorporating Flares with Flash
  • 4.22 Assignment | Using Flash with Flares
  • 4.23 Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs
  • 4.24 Assignment | Using Flash with Gobos
  • 4.25 Chapter 4 Quiz: Off-Camera Modified Pocket & Medium Strobe Techniques
  • Seeing Like An Artist, Thinking Like A Camera

  • 5.1 Chapter 5 Intro
  • 5.2 Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change
  • 5.3 Assignment | 3-Light Look with 1 Off Camera Flash
  • 5.4 What About The Fill Light?
  • 5.5 Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic
  • 5.6 Assignment | Backlight and Gobo
  • 5.7 Drawing Attention via Light Shaping
  • 5.8 Visualizing Light & Color Shifts
  • 5.9 Mixing Ambient + GOBO w/Flash
  • 5.10 Better Light Can Change Everything!
  • 5.11 Chapter 5 Quiz: Seeing Like An Artist, Thinking Like A Camera
  • 5.12 B.Y.O.L | The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light
  • Case Studies

  • 6.1 Chapter 6 Intro
  • 6.2 Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference
  • 6.3 Great Light Changes Everything! Part II
  • 6.4 Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag
  • 6.5 Assignment | Long Exposure and Manually Triggered Flash
  • 6.6 The Right Power for Each Scene
  • 6.7 Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera
  • 6.8 Subtle Light for Natural Portraits
  • 6.9 Light Modification & Simple Compositing
  • 6.10 Assignment | Light Modification and Compositing
  • 6.11 Expanding Your Photographic Vision
  • 6.12 Chapter 6 Quiz: Subtlety & Refining - Case Studies