Following on from last week I thought I’d add a quick post for you today to give you a look at how I lit the recent the portrait of UK based Professional Boxer Steven Cook which incidentally was with small flash as opposed to my ‘big’ studio flash…
In the photograph below you can see the kit that was used to light this portrait, namely a Phottix Mitros+ Flash (speedlight) and for the modifier a Rogue Flashbender XL Pro…
Now although the photo above shows the kit used an indeed how it was positioned, to create this portrait the only thing that was different was Steven was turned 90 degrees to his left so that he was facing camera and the Phottix Mitros+ and Rogue Flashbender XL Pro were forward of him to create the cross lighting effect.
You can see roughly what I mean about Steven and the light positioning in the diagram below:
Those of you that have been following this blog for a while will no doubt have seen posts and videos about my Invisible Black Background technique and that is roughly what was used for this portrait. However, in this portrait you can see that there is in fact detail showing up in the background, so that it’s not completely blacked out.
This is incredibly easy to do. I start out by shooting with the Invisible Black Background BUT to give myself options, I then simply slow the shutter speed to allow ambient light into the picture. Flash power remains untouched but by just slowing the shutter, which in this case went from 1/160sec to 1/60sec, we start to see the background coming through.
•Remember (as a rule): Aperture controls Flash Power; Shutter Speed controls Ambient Light
Right that’s all from me for today but as always if you have any questions/comments please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
Thanks for looking in and I’ll catch you next time,
•CLICK HERE to see the LARGE version of this Boxer portrait