Environmental Portrait Photography

Lesson 18/48 - Shoot: Action Shots In Studio


Environmental Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Shoot: Action Shots In Studio

Now the last thing we're gonna do, and I swear it's the last thing we're gonna do, is we're gonna get out the Profoto B and I'm gonna shoot with that. Because I want him to dribble. And I wanna get, finish up with some studio action. So, the B2s are in this bag. Which is also inside this bag. And, when I shoot with the B2 for that on-camera flash look I use the seven inch reflector, same reflector we just used here, to give me a little bit of control of the light spill but also kind of amplify where that light's going. So, we're good there. The thing about the B2 is it does have a cord so the battery is in the bottom of the pack. It's still all wireless. You don't need power from the wall or anything like that. But, because the battery is down here it makes the actual light head only weigh, so the strobe head itself only weighs about a pound-and-a-half so I can hold it above my camera and not get a workout in at the same time I'm shooting. All right, so what we're gonna do is we're gon...

na hand-hold one, and you could shoot TTL and kind of bracket accordingly. I don't like doing that. I like to have control myself. So we're still gonna go for F8. So in this case, I'm gonna hand you this guy. And you don't have to do anything other than hold it above your forehead. And I'm gonna take a test shot. So I'm gonna know I'm gonna be about right here. One, two, three. Ah, we're at 10. So I need to go down a little bit. One more test shot. Um, see if, there's a button by your middle finger. Click that real quick. And then hold it back by your head. Boom. We're perfect. So now if I stay about this distance from him, we're at F8, we're good. Thank you Brock. All right, so I'm gonna shoot pretty wide 'cause I want some action shots. So, one quick test shot. One, two, three. All right, so what I want you to do is I want you to actually dribble, and, kind of like you're, you're messing around with the ball. Whether you're throwing it from one hand to the other, even not dribbling it, so just scoot, yeah, do that. Look at the ball. I'm gonna keep shooting. Let me, zoom in where I want here. Get the frame I want. There we go. Looking towards camera a little bit. Looking down towards what you're doing. Yeah. So this is that kind of paparazzi on camera flash. So look towards camera. Little attitude. Yep. Looking of to the side. You can turn a little bit. You can dribble. You can spin the, whatever you wanna do. I don't care. I'm just gonna keep shooting. I'm actually gonna go wider. That's why I like using this lens. So kind of get down in a more aggressive stance, almost like we're playing one on one here. Take some really wide dribbles. Okay. That's good for that. 'Cause I'm feeling like, that's pretty, you guys got the idea and I'm getting hot. So, this is kind of a look, there's a photographer named Peggy Sirota out of L.A. She shoots a lot of stuff for GQ. Uses a lot of wide angle lens with this type of light. It has that feel. She shot Kobe Bryant in a similar situation to this. But that's kind of how you achieve that look. I think we're good with you man. You did great. We got some great pictures. So we'll get those to you. But I want everybody to say thanks to Brock here for being a good sport and, (audience clapping) and I think we got some pretty cool stuff. So I'm gonna move this light out of the way. And again with this type of look if you wanted to fill in some of those shadows on the ground, window, you could use this umbrella and fill in more too.

Class Description

Are most of your portrait sessions in an environment other than a studio? Learn to light your subject in any setting through simple techniques that lead to dynamic photos. Editorial photographer and lighting expert, Dan Brouillette teaches how to work in and shape light for any environment (indoors or outdoors) while creating a workflow that allows you to work independently and quickly. You’ll learn:

  • How to light in a variety of portrait scenarios
  • The benefits of tethering while shooting
  • Quick lighting solutions to enhance your shot on set
  • Culling techniques and post processing tactics to create high end images and portfolios

By incorporating light in new and inventive ways, Dan will help you push the boundaries of your portraits and improve your workflow. It’s time to work on your skills and expand your creativity to attract the clientele you’ve always wanted to have. 


Julie V

I had the chance to sit in the audience for this class and absolutely loved it. Watching Dan create amazing images from start to finish in front of us was so inspiring. I've learned so much from this class. It actually gave me the confidence to start playing with lights in my studio. It was really useful to see how he sets his lights and how he can easily mix ambient light with artificial. I also love how he focuses on getting the image right in the camera to only do light edits after. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn more about lighting, shooting tethered and editing efficiently!

Rita Carmo

I do this kind of Photography for almost 20 years (previously in film, obviously). I can see myself exactly in all that Dan is teaching. Congrats! It is so great to see that, (almost) on the other side of the globe, we can work exactly the same way :)

Terry Hammond

The information given so far is so valuable! Dan is so relateable and shares personal experiences that I personally connect with! He shares information that I thought would be a stupid idea; a perfect example being taking a notebook onto shoots with things to remember. Dan even said that sometimes he also goes mind blank on set, so the notebook keeps him grounded. Love this guy!!