Learning Flash | Split & Rembrandt Lighting

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17.04.2020

I dug out my flash trigger the other day. After finding a new battery for it I convinced Ed to sit for some portraits so that I can improve my off camera flash technique. While I’m used to and comfortable with off camera lighting for filmmaking, off camera flash for photography is a different beast and I have found it quite intimidating in the past. It’s hard when you can’t see the light you’re shaping, and there’s a lot of trial and error. I decided to set up in our living room to take some portraits this afternoon, not thinking that I’d come away from the mini shoot with anything to show for it, but I surprised myself.

These were taken on my Canon 5D2 with an 85mm lens and a Yongnuo 568EX2 positioned high up and to the side, zoomed in at 105mm and with a piece of black felt (DIY snoot) wrapped around it to help shape the light. I also used a flash trigger made by Neewer, it’s the cheapest little thing but does the job I need it to do without breaking the bank.

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