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Portrait Photography with Off Camera Flash

teacher avatar Firoz Khan, Photographer & Digital Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Introduction


    • 2.

      Trip to Lightville - Light Setup Overview


    • 3.

      Things we need


    • 4.

      Camera Settings


    • 5.

      The Shoot


    • 6.

      The Edit


    • 7.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to shoot some kickass portraits but either you didn't have a lot of studio equipment or a lot of time? I have been in such a situation more than I like to admit. And over the time I picked up this really easy and simple two-light technique for taking Black and White Portraits. The result is a Kickass Portrait which looks like it's been shot in a studio.

(below pictures are shot in this class)

The Pros of this Technique

1. Less Gear Needed

2. Can be set up in 5 minutes

3. The client just love the pictures

It is a really lifesaving technique for me, and I hope you also find this helpful. Join me in this class to learn together.

I have used this technique for a number of projects over time and here are some of the examples

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Firoz Khan

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1. Class Introduction : Hey, guys. So here's a scenario you are stuck on a really busy shoot on. The client is in a rush on. You still needs to get the portrait, Stan. Or it may be you just need some good portrayals for your profile or for your resuming on. You just have, like, two lights on. Trust me, I've bean in every scenario on overtime. I picked up this, this really even efficiently off taking portrait on. For that. You just need a white wall to flashes. If you have to light stands it. It's really good. But if you don't have because when I started, I didn't have any lights. And so I just used to put my flashes on different thing. I used to just diet with a string, and I just used to. This used to use my government, so if you have lights and it's well and good, if you don't have, I just need to use a little bit off. You know, my guy. One thing on you are good to go, and you just need a basic camera kit lands and that's it. That's pretty much it on. The result will be a really good looking black and white portrait with is going to look like it's It's been shot in studio environment using really expensive light. So I mean, I'm really excited for this class on. I hope you were all so excited. So without much further ado, let's let's just jump into this. 2. Trip to Lightville - Light Setup Overview: Hey guys, welcome to light with here we have our really handsome model Mr Zero on for the set up We are just going toe deconstruct everything and constructed back again. So for the set up, we need Ah whitewall in this we are using this got booed So this is just for the demonstration Purpose on you can choose any white wall or any light colored wall Just don't use the dark wall because ultimately you have to change. It won't be having any color. It is just going to be a black and white portrait so you can choose any plain or light color wall If you get ah white color ball, it is really good on next we need our model So we have here our really handsome model on for the set up. We need just two lights, so I'm just gonna tell you how to set up the light on these lights. In our case for this tutorial I'm going to use to flashes on. But if you want to do, you can do this thing with the video light as well. So let's see, How are we gonna place the lights? So here we have like two lights. One is slightly, you know, smaller and one in slightly bigger. So for the bigger one, we need toe, put it on the back. But we need to put it on the back. But we need the light. But we need the light to be facing on the wall. So what it is gonna do is once we have set up it the flash. In this way, if you find the flash, it is going toe fire on the wall on it is going to light up the wall. Andi, if you're using a flash, I usually stated toe the highest power because I want this wall to get completely white because it is going to give you feel like you are shooting in a studio, like on a studio. Bad drop on. Usually it's a very high key set up. So when you do that, make sure the flashes pointing on the wall. So if you fire the flash, it is going toe fire on the wall, and it is going to light up the whole wall. So once we have this set up, I am going to bring our model back. So in this way. If you said it this way, you can see our model is hiding the flash. So if you put if you're putting the flash on dry barred or on a light stand, the model is going to hide that. So it's it is the stand or in the light is not gonna be visible in your photos on. It is going to be hidden behind up behind our model. And it is going toe light up the whole wall and make it really bright, just like you do in studios. Now confess Second life. This light is slightly smaller and why we have smaller, I will tell you. Here we are using big light because it is related to the power. So here the backlight I am using on full power. But here I want this light, Toby a little bit softer or a little bit lower in power. I don't I just want toe overpower the background. But we won't this light Toby here to be right here. So it is going to be, you know, facing over, monitor on. I want you guys to put it on a slight angle on. You can use the set up in two ways. One is you used this light, bare bum, which means that there is no You are not using any modifying like umbrella or soft box. You're just using the harsh light of the flash on it gives you already sharpened and you look. But if you are not happy with that, you can put, you know, diffusion kind of thing or an umbrella here. Or you can put this light in a soft box and you soft box instead, instead, off using it bearable. So we are going to put this light here right here. So it should be slightly above the eye level just right here on it should be pointing do itself towards the subject. So if this fire it is going to light up, your subject on our backlight is going to light up the background. So this is just to light set up on if you have, if you don't have lights and for this you can ask someone to hold it for you. So this is our really simple set up on. Let's move on on. I will. We'll recreate this set up in real life on I'll be shooting, you know, a self portrait. So let's keep on moving 3. Things we need: So here's the things that we're gonna need for our portrait session. So here I have to really see flashes. One is from young, which is really very trip on. This one is even cheaper than this. This is it's just a very local brand. Onda, we have our camera I am using on I konw the 7200 Andi on this I don't have my kid lands. But this is our Dameron 17 52.8 lands on If you don't have this lens, if you have a kid lands, it is going to do just fine. So on after that we need something which will make fighting these flashes wireless. So we need something which will wirelessly fire the flashes for us on. For that we have here young wireless triggers. So these are also fairly cheap on rather a lot of brands in the market. You can buy any off these, so it runs on to triple A batteries. So I have two of these. So one goes on the camera, you can see one goes right on the camera on the other one that we have Here it goes, it goes on the flash So it goes right here on the flash. So one is on the camera, one is on the flash. And when we are going toe, fire this when we are going to shoot press of the shutter button, it is going toe wirelessly. Fire this flash even if it's in the other room or you get the point. Right. So now we have this flash, and we need to fire this also. So what we gonna do? Be just going toe put this flash on slave mode. So which means that whenever this flash see another flash firing, it is going to fire. So we have this area here on This is what is responsible for this slave function. So this is how we doing on set up the flash on the camera on a I There is like you have to use light stands here, but I'm shooting. I'm actually having my really light on the light stand, so I cannot include that here. So this is all you need to shoot this portrait? Andi. I usually put the wireless receiver on the light that is going to be on the back off the ball on their the reason for that because the flash which is going to be on the back, it is going to be hidden by our modern on If we If we don't have that, if we put that flash the fast that is in the back on the flavor moment, it is quite possible that it might not see them. Main Flash, which is firing on it, might not fire. So it is always good to have your violence receiver on the flash, which is firing on the ball on Just put the flash. Rich is fighting on the subject on slave, so this is pretty much it for the things that we need on. Let's see some camera settings after this on. After that, we are just going on start shooting, so let's go. 4. Camera Settings: so I'm just going to set my camera settings now on for the aperture. I am going to set it to F eight because as we are using flash on full power, we don't want any ambient light to contaminate on for the shutter speed. I'm going to set it to one by 200 of a second on why? I'm saying setting this is because I am just putting my camera on the faster things speed, which is for my camera on If you want to know a lot more about think speed, you can just such a new Google or YouTube. I'm not actually covering the topic of things speed in this because it might. It gets somewhat technical, So I'm just living it. If you're curious, go such a on for those I s. So I am going to put my camera on the lowest Tirso possible. So we have eso 100. We have higher. So 100 f eight on went by 200 offices on This is all the camera settings that we need on if we need to adjust, we are going toe just the exposure by adjusting that I assault. So we are these two values the shutter speed and aperture. These two values are fixed for us. So let's go now on. Let's set up the entire suit on Let's get it started. 5. The Shoot: So here we have our balls. Andi, let's get the lead, sons. So we have a slight lights on here, and I'm gonna put it right here. Close to the wall. I grab the flash. It has the receiver on. I'm gonna put it on this. This is going to be firing towards the world. And I was standing right in front of this flush, so I wanted to be high enough, but not very high. So not so high that it starts showing, like from my shoulder. So I just wanted a little below my shoulder height. And let's just done it on. I'm keeping this on the full power. You can see I'm putting this thing on on the food power. No, let's get our second flash. We have a one second flash right here on a for this, I am having our second life stand on it already. It already have. Ah, umbrella. And I'm just going toe. Put this thing right on top of this. I'm going to turn this thing on. So this is going to be not on football, but but slightly lower than full power. So it is going to be slightly lower than full power on it is on the straight function. So let's put this thing on. I'm going to place it just a little above just a little above my right here. So it is a little above my either. No, I'm going to put my camera on traveled here. I'm using very basically equipments. So I mean, if you are just starting out, you must already be having, or if you don't have it, is really you know, it's not very high end, get very cheap to buy. So I'm just going to bring my camera here on. I'm going to sport the base plate on while you're doing it. It is really important that you place your camera a bit, you know, a bit lower than your subject, because in this portrait it is going to make it look a lot heroic. So if you're shooting from a lower angle, it is going to make a subject look really grand and heroic. So do that. So I'm just going toe put my camera here. We have already went through the settings for the camera on I can see. I'll show you the whole set up. I'll just take out that camera and show you the whole set up on. I have to put the second the first receiver on the camera, the wireless figure on. Let's see if it works. I have to I have switched on everything. I think it kind of walk. Let's see again. I have put my camera on a timer. So I am in the middle off a long down on I don't have any assistant or models to use, so I'll be shooting ourself portrayed all by myself on. That's why I have put my camera on. So I will get this camera off from the sand on show you the whole time. So here we have the camera. We have the violas trigger. We have the camera here. You can see on the sittings we have already seen. If it's on F eight eso 100 won by 200 of a second, we have over one flash ride here in this umbrella on. We have this light stand on. We have another lights down here on just just off in front. Off this light, I'm going to stand. So actually, I have this Ah, a little idea that I want to shoot. So I read a lot of books and I am going to do something with the books. So that's really excited for this. So let's let me do strange on Let's get this started. So I have the set up ready on day. I have changing dosomething more good on I'm just going toe go stand. I'm only fit the camera settings on when I'm taking a picture. It is it is completely turning on black if I'm not, uh, if I'm not finding the flash So without flash, everything is black. So these realize that I'm using thief are not affecting our exposure. So let's start from there on it. I will just, you know, every picture I take it is going toe. I'm going to put it on the screen. So after every shot, you can see what I am actually saying. So I'll show you right now. So if I done on the flash if I take a picture, it is completely black. This is I'm going to put it on the screen so you can see. So now I am going to put this thing on the timer mode. I am going toe. Don't the flash on. I'm just going toe, you know, Go stand there with my books. Let's site to pretend that it's said to pretend that I am trying to, you know, walk with the books and I am actually not able to hold the books and it is falling. So I want that picture. So let me just start shooting. I have already said the focus manually, so let's get this started. So I have to really act. Ouch. I want to just see how I did so I didn't get it, quite. Actually, I think I still have to get the frame, but I need to shift it a bit here. So right now, if I keep this frame, I'm getting a lot off this switchboard and everything, so I'm just going to move it a bit. Here, let's start again. Oh, it's good. It's actually good. I like it, but I want some books are in there, so I'm going to take one more shot. So there is some been eating that I'm getting on the edge. It's on. I'm going to tell you how to get rid of that idiot when we will be doing the editing electro so I'm right now. I'm just going toe focus on the, you know, the posing because the system is really easy. And once you get hold of the set up, once you are done with a set up, you should just start focusing on the positive. I'll be really disappointed if I didn't get committed. Oh, yeah, we did get But, uh, I had it removed out off the frame on We have a light Stan showing So I'm just going to, you know, when it all again e oh, I get me sit with a bad luck. Oh, I can't believe I missed it can Oh , I actually got it. Spot. We still have, you know, the lights time showing on which is actually not a big deal because I can easily remove that in for a shop. So I think I'm not going to, you know, like, make my book go through hell anymore. So I'm going to take some simple portrait now, so I think it is. It is more than enough forward the demonstration, And I hope you got you got the point, right 6. The Edit: Hey, guys. So welcome to the anything section off the tutorial on now I'm going to just launcher night room on. I have already made catalog here on just going to open it on. Then we will be exporting the images that we took in this catalogue on. Well, if you don't know about God allowed, it says that I mean just reported in light room. If you are not very family with the night room, whatever cataloger using, that's just drag and drop, it would work. So I'm going to import the images now on. So we have all these images here. As you can see, the 1st 1 is the blacked out one that I don't think we need. So, no, I already imported everything on all the other shot as a zoo Raw files camera. So the light room is going to discard all the camera setting that we had so originally in camera, we shot all these in black and white, but light room has discarded that on. We can get it back, so we just need to see which one do we want to edit? So I think maybe I'll just stated this one on uh, maybe like one off these pictures, so I just let me just start developing, so I'll start with this one on. Uh, we need toe. Turn it into a black and white. So So I am just going toe. You know, there are different methods to do that. You can just take care black and white on it, but I like it. I like to keep the color profiling in color on just lower down saturation to my house 100. So all the color is just sucked out on. Then I will just increase the contrast. I've lowered highlights a bit so that my face is not, you know, going out. And after that, the secret thing that I have like found out over the time, is if you just use a clarity, it is going to give it a very you know, really different look, because when you increase the clarity, it is increasing the contrast between all the edges in your photos on it looks really good . So if without clarity, it is a little bit, you know, let let's contrast to your money. But if you increase plant, it is really good on go to the Lance Gration because there are some, like we have got something vineyard around the corners. And this is partly because off that lens lens correction the lens profile that you were using on If we just do the lens correction most off it will just, you know, go on. But we still have some your own limit on how we are going to deal with that is by using the graduated filter. So I am just going on that Sunday speaking on the graduated filter on. Then I'm going to, you know, apply a graduated filter here. So right now it's you might not be able to see what it is doing because the exposure setting is set to really go. So I'm just going to increase it on, as in Greece, it you can see it is making the things white. I am going to do the same thing decide also, so I don't have to pass that switchboard because if I can just increase the such increase that exposure off the graduated filter, it is going to get rid of that on the same thing I'm going to do on the top. Um, for the bottom. I am doing the same thing. But I am going to keep it a little lower on with just for filters. You can see you can see them before and after. I mean, it's a really simple it is this simple. So let's go back to our previous images that we wanted to edit on, if you just I mean, we need to do the same thing here, so I am going to do it really quick. But here we cannot, you know, increase the exposure off this area because we have my have my arm here on it is going toe look, really not good. But still I can, you know, get trade off more stuff, most of the stuff, so I But before you do that, I mean, I totally forget to do it here. But before you do that, make sure you have the lens profiles great and lens correction on, so you can get a you know, a good idea what is happening. So I think we have really good on the slight Stan is showing, So I'm going to export this on in photo shop. It is going to take less than a minute to remove this because we have already done, You know, we have already, like, edited the picture to its final form. So this is it for the edit on. I hope you like it. You can see that How we have transform the pictures. So this is before this is after. This is before on this is after. So I hope you like it. Thank you so much. 7. Final Thoughts: and we have reached the end of our class on I am really thankful to you that you give your precious time on. I mean on just accompanied me on this journey on. I hope whatever you have learned, it will, it will be helpful to you on. I just can't wait to see what you what you do on. I mean, you can You can start our project on on weekends. Just keep a weekend for taking poor trades off either yourself or your family members on. I mean, I can't wait to see what you are going to do with this technique on. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Um, I'm August every label on I want to thank you once again for the time you have spent with me on I will see you again in my next class. So thank you so much.