Off Camera Flash Techniques Part 2
Exploring ways to create a variety of portrait lighting with just one light
In a previous article (Off Camera Flash Photography) I explained how the position of a light source can really change the look of your subject. In this tutorial I am going to show you some popular setups for Off Camera Flash Techniques, which can be used to capture outstanding portraits with just one flash and a reflector.
For the images in this tutorial I used:
- One Nikon SB900 flash in Manual mode, set at 1/8 power, mounted on a stand.
- One 32” Octagon soft box (as flash modifier)
- One 32” silver reflector
- Nikon D3 camera body mounted on a tripod, set on manual exposure with 1/125s shutter speed, Flash White Balance (it is important to set the white balance manually whenever you shoot with off camera flash), ISO 200.
- Nikon 105 Micro lens with an aperture setting of f 8.
Basically that’s all the equipment you need for off camera single flash portraits! Here are some lighting diagrams showing how I placed the flash in different positions to achieve a variety of looks.
Portraits and a variety of Off Camera Flash Techniques
Now let’s take a look at the samples together.
That is all for now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial about the variety of technique possible with only one off camera flash. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Stay tuned for the next tutorial which will look at off camera flash techniques using two lights.
Our TTL Flash Photography class is scheduled for October 29 and 31. This two part workshop will explore the wonderful world of TTL flash photography, on camera and off camera flash.
Ted and the Omnilargess Team