Environmental Portrait enhanced with off camera flash

Teaching off camera flash and mixing with available light [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, ISO 100, ƒ/5.6, 1/100, Focal Length = 24]

One of the things I was teaching the School of Photography 1 students at the University of Nations campus in Kona, Hawaii was how to improve photos with adding a flash to the available light.

[NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, ISO 280, ƒ/5.6, 1/250, Focal Length = 24]

I walked outside and immediately found this guy we had seen the day before.

Word by heart [X-E3, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, ISO 3200, ƒ/4, 1/100, Focal Length = 83]

We met him during our devotion time where he did a monologue on a scripture.

They had an assignment to do an environmental photo of a person and improve it using a flash.

I found him playing basketball. I knew I already had something about him taking a class on learning the scripture by heart and performing it as a monologue. I could see he liked playing basketball and so I asked to photograph him

He had to go shortly so in less than 5 minutes I took the first two photos. One without flash and then followed it up with the off camera flash of the Godox 860IIN with it being on a light stand and triggered by the Godox transmitter.

Go and try this yourself. Just find a place where the subject can use some help with light. Then just add your flash off the camera. Start with it at 45º to the left or right of the camera. Then put it 45º above the person’s eyes as a starting point.

Jedidiah [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, ISO 200, ƒ/5.6, 1/500, Focal Length = 32]

While the students would have to find their own model and location later, I had each of them shoot the same setup with their flash and camera.

After a while I noticed they really were not coming up with anything that exciting for compositions. I shot this as a way to challenge them to look for something different.

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