Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Six Days of Speedlite Tips: Day 4

© Rick Sammon
It's Day 4 of my Six Days of Speedlite Shooting tips.

Today's tip: Create Dramatic and Colorful Silhouettes.


Concept: Set up a speedlite behind the subject and out of the camera's view. Use a grid on the speedlite to concentrate the light, and use a colored gel to change the color of the background. 

I took the images for this post at Photo Plus Expo in the Canon booth. See! You don't need a fancy studio to get cool shots.


Gear
For more detailed lighting tips, see my apps.


For hand-on learning, check out my workshops. We have a blast. Below are two images from my Master Your Flash workshop in Croton on Hudson, NY.



Bonus tip: When you think you need two lights, use one light. Above: one of my workshop participants is holding a reflector to bounce the light from the softbox onto the shadow side of the model's face.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Here is a link to a post on Plug-ins for Portraits. Check it out.

2 comments:

Photographs by Craig White (Australia) said...

Enjoying these tips Rick. Question is: What is a grid? Do you make it yourself or purchase them and what styles are required.
Thanks
Craig

Rick Sammon said...

Craig... Click on the Grid link to learn more about grids. They are cool.

Best,
Rick