Cap­ture sport­ing spirit

Flat day­light can be trans­formed into a moody back­drop for a sports por­trait with the help of a cou­ple of Speed­lights, ex­plains James Pater­son

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Shoot at­mo­spheric sports por­traits with the help of two off-cam­era Speed­lights

As any­one who’s cur­rently en­joy­ing the World Cup will know, grey, wet weather is par for the course when it comes to rugby. How­ever, when it comes to shoot­ing a dra­matic por­trait, di­rec­tion­less, over­cast light is the pho­tog­ra­pher’s metaphor­i­cal for­ward pass. But there is a so­lu­tion: to add drama to a sports por­trait on a dreary day, all you need are a pair of off-cam­era Speed­lights to lift your sub­ject. This en­ables you to aug­ment the nat­u­ral light and take a

Us­ing Man­ual mode en­ables you to un­der-ex­pose the sky to make it moody

shot that will ri­val the finest World-Cup-win­ning drop-goal.

By cross-light­ing our rugby player here with two flashes, we recre­ated the dra­matic look that you of­ten see in pro­fes­sional sports por­traits. We placed one of our flashes be­hind our sub­ject, an­gled back to­wards the cam­era; the light from be­hind hit the edge of the body, cre­at­ing the bright high­light that sep­a­rates the sub­ject from the dark moody back­drop. We po­si­tioned the sec­ond flash in front of him to il­lu­mi­nate his face and body.

In some shoot­ing sit­u­a­tions your Nikon’s Man­ual mode might seem like the trick­i­est cam­era set­ting to use, but here it ac­tu­ally makes things much eas­ier, as you don’t want the cam­era’s auto me­ter­ing sys­tem to kick in. In­stead you want full con­trol over the ex­po­sure. Us­ing Man­ual mode en­ables you to un­der-ex­pose the sky to make it dark and moody.

As for the flashes, Man­ual mode makes things much eas­ier here too, as once they’re in po­si­tion you can sim­ply take a few test shots and ad­just the power man­u­ally un­til you get the right amount of il­lu­mi­na­tion. When us­ing more than one flash, it helps to sim­plify things if you add the lights one by one and see the ef­fect of each in turn, rather than turn­ing them all on at once. We’ll show you how over the page.

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