OUTDOOR EXAMPLE 3
Lighting Applications & Variations
For all intents and purposes this lighting is just a slightly softened version of that which one would achieve with an on-camera flash placed on a flip bracket. By varying the flash output relative to the ambient lighting, you can change the image from one that has subtly filled shadows (flash 1.5 f-stops less than ambient) to one that pops the subjects from a darkened background (flash 1.5 f-stops stronger than ambient).
When shooting in back lighting, make sure to shield your lens from the sun.
Outdoor Lighting Diagram 3
Outdoor Example Portrait 3
The Lighting Setup
The lighting apparatus used for this portrait is shown in the lighting diagram below. A quantum X2 flash was bounced into a 46" satin umbrella that was placed immediately above the camera (my head protruded into the lower portion of the umbrella). The flash output was set to be about 1/2 f-stop greater than that of the ambient light reading taken of the golf course behind the subjects. The subjects were placed under a large outcropping of trees to block skylight and were back lighted by the evening sun.