Basic Diffuser Setup

A e beauty of using diffusers and camera flashes is that they can help you produce portraits with a nice soft touch. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at a basic setup for diffusers/ flashes.

On the left is the main light source, placed above the subject's eye level and at a 45-degree angle to the subject; it's set at full power. A e flash is placed about three feet behind a diffuser. A e diffuser increases the effective size of the light source and softens it.

On the right is the fill light, placed above the subject's eye level and at about a 45-degree angle to the subject; it's set at -1/3 power. It is also placed behind a diffuser.

In the background is the hair light, positioned above the subject's head and set at -3 power. It's angled downward and to the side of the set so that the light does not spill onto the subject's face.

Depending on the effect you are trying to create ... and the reflectivity of your subject's clothes ... you'll want to vary the +/- settings on the flash units. A at said, the aforementioned settings will pretty much hold as standard.

All flashes are fired remotely from a wireless controller that is mounted in the camera's hot-shoe.

A es e diffusers are from FJWestcott. A e flash stands with cold-shoe adapters are from Bogen Imaging. A e wireless transmitter and flashes are from Canon. (For more information on wireless accessories, see Chapter 9: Unleash Yourself.)

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