Screenshot taken from the video.
For every photographer who has ever been afraid of flash photography, we’ve got a special treat for you. Photographer Dustin Dolby created a fantastic video on how he used a single speedlight to create a magazine quality photo of Old Spice. In the video, he takes viewers through his mistakes just to see what the light does to each scene. Dustin moves the light from one place to another, uses a softbox, adds reflectors, etc. He successfully shows off what lighting in the right place can do for a photo.
Dustin shares a whole load of awesome lighting techniques in the video while using the single speedlight, and takes us through his post production later on in the video. Now, there are a lot of us who like to get the photo as close to perfect in-camera as possible. If Dustin wanted to get his final image, he’d need more than one speedlight for sure. One light would need to be gelled and hitting the background while another is in a large softbox. Plus there would need to be a reflector on the other side for fill. While doing all of this, he would also need to lock his white balance most likely to daylight.
How do we figure? Well, it’s all about seeing light. Imagine, if you will, a room that is completely dark. Then add a small candle. Let’s say you want to create a portrait; so move that candle around a person’s face and observe what it does as it moves around. Then add another candle. Lots of cinematographers light this way and this is sort of what Dustin is doing in his video.
Check out Dustin’s video over on YouTube. For more of these, you can also check out our creating the photograph series.