Lighting 101: Back Light as Main Light
And try not to think of it as such. Learn to think "separation" light.
Those of us in the newspaper biz need all of the help we can get when it comes to repro. And using a separation light can really make a photo pop.
Additionally, if the light is strong it will create shadows that will create leading lines into the direction of your light source.
One caveat is that you have to hide your light from your camera. As mentioned before, one good techniques (especially in a darkened room) is to mount the flash backwards and turn the head around. This will let you use the recycle light as a guide to help keep some item in your frame between you and your flash.
The shadows should tell you which performer I am using as a GoBo.
One other thing you should notice with this photo. This small, shoe-mount flash is about a hundred feet away from the kids rehearsing their post-musical bow.
These little strobes put out a lot more power than you might think. And you can work at great distances, especially when shooting in low light.
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