Strobist Dark Background Portraits (Low-Key) – Off-Camera Flash Photography Tutorial – CamCrunch

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Dark Background Portraits (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash / Strobist Photography Tutorial –
Off camera flash tutorial on how to make the background of your image completely black using off camera flashes, even though you are in a brightly lit area, or you do not have a black backdrop. This is called LOW KEY LIGHTING. The concept is simple. All you have to do is set your exposure so that your image is completely black. Do this without even touching the flash. Once you do this, you can add the flash in. Try to put the light close to your subject, and have a narrow beam to avoid spill into the background. In this video, I start off with one flash for a dramatic look, and add a second flash for more separation.

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The gear used in this video are:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 L
Yongnuo YN560 Speedlight x2
Yongnuo RF602 Wireless Flash Triggers

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR
Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS L
Canon EF 50 f/1.8
Canon EF 17-40 F/4 L
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Strobist: Dark Background Portraits (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial
Strobist: Dark Background Portraits (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial
Strobist: Dark Background Portraits (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial
Strobist: Dark Background Portraits (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial
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  1. ches smith
    February 28, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Excellent presentation- don’t be intimidated by the guy who accused you of
    talking too much, and asking for more demonstrations- he obviously doesn’t
    have the background to follow your thoughts-I was tracking you like a hound
    dog because I am a former teacher and I understand the principle of
    repetition- keep up the good work!
    One question I have for you- speedlites always show an f stop in the lcd
    screen, and when you meter for the flash it reveals an f stop- I do not
    understand what this information is telling you- I always thought the f
    stop was the lens aperture size- so what’s it indicating on the flash

  2. zimonslot
    February 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    How the fuck did you get all those expensive toys boy. Did you even work
    one day in your whole life?

  3. Petru Le Grand
    February 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    u dont need a 5d mark 2 for flash photos; in good light, a mid entry dslr
    will do the trick; same for lenses; 50mm f1.8 works as well; talent, well,
    that is another story; also, use a snoot

  4. PGF Photo
    February 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    Muchas gracias por el video, esta muy bien, sería interesante aun mas, que
    colocaras los valores de exposición de la cámara y los flashes, junto a
    cada foto.

  5. Jesus Romo
    February 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Hey man can u help? I have a canon t2i and a canon 430 ex ii but I can’t
    get it too get the flash going when I take the pic. The pic stays dark

  6. Ricardo Rasa
    February 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Is it possible to do this technique and still get the same results with the
    Yongnuo YN560 outdoors?

  7. F Alan Young
    February 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    you got it right on the head. I learned many years ago that there is a 6
    stop spread from white to black. meaning if your subject is metering 3
    stops higher than the background, the background will be black. If your
    subject is metering 3 stops lower than the background, your background will
    be white. But absent a meter, this is a sound way to do it as well. Good

  8. Mega Gumelar
    March 1, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    thank you so much! you just earned one new sub! x

  9. Stephen Allan
    March 1, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    thanks for the video Nico, keep up the great work. #cheers 

  10. Arcade
    March 1, 2015 at 1:03 am #

    You can do this without a flash if you dont have one. Just use a lamp or
    something that will be pointing at your face. Worked well for me :)

  11. WhiteCr4nK
    March 1, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    Very nice, thank you much!

  12. rob_ 2k12
    March 1, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    What kinda flash would you recommend for a Sony camera? I’m trying to get
    one similar to the flash you used in this video

  13. Nicholas Shorter
    March 1, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    Thank you, my teacher talks about this in class but I still have a hard
    time fully understanding this. 

  14. Victor Dalziel
    March 1, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    I think maybe if you turned the flash so the beam is orientated vertically
    (one the first shot) you may have got a slightly better distribution
    pattern of the light. I like the simplicity of the setup

  15. emerald bliss
    March 1, 2015 at 3:52 am #

    what lenses do you recommend for this? I have a nikon D5100

  16. wendy hemmings
    March 1, 2015 at 4:01 am #

    Great Job kid. Impressed

  17. majd alnn
    March 1, 2015 at 4:57 am #

    thanx thats help me a lot 

  18. MackDamn
    March 1, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    Dude a 5D Mark 11, 24 -70mm lens and 2 Yongnuo flashes.. HOW DID YOU AFFORD

  19. BrazilisPaco
    March 1, 2015 at 5:37 am #

    A 5D Mark II and barefoot. “Perfect”.

  20. Nik Var
    March 1, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    Great job man!Thank you!

  21. Milly Kerr
    March 1, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    this was very helpfull! thanks!

  22. Alberto Matamoros
    March 1, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    your good! never thought of that. Thank you

  23. Abraham Chavez anleu
    March 1, 2015 at 7:28 am #

    thanks for this video, how configure the flash?? thanks

  24. Juan S
    March 1, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Great tutorial, I have done this with power lights, it works for me. One
    thing dude, never shot your flash in that short distance on any ones eyes,
    it can be harmful, as you could read on your flash manual.

  25. Christopher Kalie
    March 1, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    Very interesting. Could you use captions in future or perhaps speak slower?
    It’s hard to digest all this information