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Hi and welcome back.

While going through some old files, I came across a portfolio shoot I did a few years back and thought way a great way to end the week than to have a post on using speed lights outside.

For the initial test shot, I used the natural light.  Here is my test shot, without any flash or modified light:


I liked but didn’t love the shot, so I added a speed light and shoot through umbrella for to add light on my subject but try and not overpower her in the natural light.

Here’s my lit shot:


Notice how much better the image is with just a small key on the subject.

I used a single speed light with a Photoflex 45″ shoot through umbrella for this shot.


1/200 @ f/5.6, ISO 400, WB Daylight

Both of the above shots are proofs out of the camera, no retouching.

Below is my BTS shot.  This was one of the rare occasions that I remembered to shoot the BTS!  Notice how simple my setup is to get the shot.


Not to be outdone and wanting to use my new Set-A-Light software, if I forgot the BTS shot, I can build one in only a few minutes using Set-A-Light.

The background is pretty cool, and even though it doesn’t match what was in real life, it is a good way to produce a setup or BTS shot simply and easily in software.

Speedlight and Shoot Through Umbrella

Shooting speedlghts, especially with umbrellas, is a fast and easy way to add light to your scene and also learn lighting when in the studio or on location as the setup doesn’t require much work at all.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, get outside and shoot!