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In this photography tutorial, you will learn How to Use a Ringflash.
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Sasha: Hey what’s up, it’s me Sasha. I’m here in John Ricard Studio. I know you might be seeing me in any videos lately. I’ve been on day 26, got me going. I’ve been on my poise by JC. But you know what, today we’re going to talk about lighting. I’m going to explain to you how it just for one light, you could save pictures that professional people aren’t taking. Instead of using all those fancy lights and all they got like a million lights, but you know what we just going to do is one light.
Now the light that we’re going to talk about is called the Ring Flash. You’ve seen this light in Show Magazine, King Magazine, everyone uses it. They use it in New York, they use it in Paris, all over. Now, this light is not that difficult to use.
Now there’s two parts of this ring flash. The actual ring flash itself which we connect the camera so that—ring flash, and the path which we’ve used to control the power. The best thing with the ring flash is that if you want it really good professional pictures, you can only use this one light. It’s not that heavy.
You what, to use all the lights that almost of the time for us used and that you got to stay there waiting like 10 hours just for them to set it up, you could only use this one light and you’re good to go.
One of the things about the ring flash, it produces a very distinctive shadow. You could always tell when someone is using a ring flash because of the shadow you can produce in this. Right now, we’re going to take a picture when you could see that shadow. I’m standing one foot away from the paper. Now, when the ring flash hits me using my shadow on the pink paper.
When you take a look at the pictures that I just took, you’ll see that it’s pretty good considering we just use one light. Another thing with the ring flash, it’s kind of tricky. The tricky thing about the ring flash is that the photographer really can move. He hasn’t you know, maybe sit down, take the picture because the closer he moves, the closer the light that’s used. So it’s going to be too bright on your face.
So you kind of has to stay and like one position, just so you won’t get too much brightness and the whole lighting in your face, you don’t’ want that. The thing with the model is just that a time will close it to the camera, it’s going to be too bright. My face is going to be like really, really bright and it’s going to arise but now like I said back, too far—it’s going to be dark if you really going to see in.
So when we’re shooting, our pretty much that scene, same spot just like the photographer. I like to think about the ring flash. It’s kind of like a flash ring. If you aim it too much to the top, it’s going to be too bright at the top and not enough light at the bottom. Vice versa, if you put it to the bottom it’s going to be too bright to the bottom and not enough light on the top. So you really can’t move it a lot. Now, that’s how you use the ring flash all by itself. Now, we’re going to change and we’re going to show you another way to produce the ring flash.
Here I am, it’s girl Sasha. Now, I’m going to just show you how to use additional lightings with the ring flash. Now, we turn this light on right here and we turn another one on. I will just show you how you would use it with the ring flash. The purpose of these two lights is to give me a nice highlight on the side throughout. Now, you’re still going to see the distinctive ring flash shuttered behind me but the only difference this time is that you’re going to see the beautiful highlight along with the shadow.
That’s it, you should be a professional already. Now click up the ring flash and start saving pictures. I showed you how to do it by itself and I showed you how to do with additional lights. Now, before I let you go just check out my page, sashaagnesnponce.com, that’s in MySpace and in here, on the set with John Ricard.
John Ricard: One of the interesting things that happens when you’re shooting lifestyle is, you think of one shot and you start shooting it another shot pops into your head. So now we change our shot a little bit.