Teach you how to use a flash to shoot the soft light shed portrait effect
- Oct 24, 2019
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I like to put my subjects in front of the white background, and the pure pictures make the viewers pay more attention to the models and highlight their personality. I hope my photos are classic, pure, full of personality and a trace of nostalgia. Is that too greedy? At least I want to make it as simple as possible.
In the past, I used to be very keen on using lights, often three lights together, which was too cumbersome for beginners of photography. In fact, it was only later that I realized my mistake: I had to spend most of my energy on lighting and shooting right during the shooting process. There is less interaction between elephants. It's terrible, but fortunately I can learn from my mistakes. The larger the area of the light source, the softer the light will be. This is a general fact. Flash lights can get relatively soft light by jumping lights on the wall. It is this principle that I came up with an idea. Why not think more about "wall reflection"? Use a lamp to photograph the effect of the soft light shed, try it!
I put the lampshade beside the wall, raised the lampshade 1.8m, and let the flash about 30cm away from the wall. The flashlight looks up at the junction between the wall and the ceiling so that both the wall and the ceiling can reflect light. Even if the wall is smooth, the light will always be reflected back at the same angle when it shines inside the right angle, but the position will be slightly higher. About 2.5m from the wall, I placed a second lamp holder to erect the large diffuse panel. Although I can't see the picture below, I used a lamp holder to hook the top of the diffuse panel and clamped it up and down with a strong clamp. My camera and I were about 70 cm away from the wall, which is the tripod below. That scaffold is for display only. I don't need it to take portraits... Actually, I've never used this scaffold to shoot things. That's terrible. ST-E2 is used as a flasher to direct the flash work. You can see a bottle of wine on the kitchen counter on the left side of the picture. Good Swiss wine. I love it more than chocolate. Arrangements around may not necessarily have a direct impact on photography, but who knows the result? Sometimes I can have a small drink, maybe some inspiration.
When I took this picture, my heart was filled with pride. Look at the shooting parameters: ISO: 160; shutter: 1/160s; aperture: f = 1.4. Recently, it was found that the original ISO of 5D is 160, and the quality of the picture is more pure. The shutter speed is the fuselage flash synchronization speed. The f1.4 aperture brings a soft focus. Be careful when focusing with 5D. Check the focus before and after. The flash has a focal length of 14 mm, which allows a large area of light to fill the whole space. The amount of light emitted is about 1/16, so that I can use a large aperture. As far as possible to maintain the correct exposure, look back to see if there is a high-light spillover, 5D is an old machine after all, the exposure is too small, the picture will increase noise in the post-processing; the exposure is large, and easy to overexpose. Sometimes it feels like the machine has reached its limit. Consider other measures to change the light ratio at the scene. In the post-processing stage, the skin was trimmed, the lens was corrected, the contrast was adjusted, and a little sharpening was added. Five minutes. It doesn't necessarily require fancy equipment to take great pictures. Tools can make photographers easier and easier to work with, but it's all up to you. The most important thing is your knowledge, skills and imagination. As a photographer, it's like being a hands-on artist. A friend asked me if I could use a corridor or an outdoor wall or change the diffuser board to something else. He also suggested replacing the wireless flasher with a hot boot synchronization line. He also wanted to see how far the effect would be if the flashlight was placed on the roof and flashed backwards. As long as we give full play to our imagination, the possibilities are limitless.
But more importantly, now that the lighting layout is no longer complex, I can put more emphasis on communicating with the shooting object ~!