Small-Flash Tip for Landscape Shooters

So, you have a jones for those sweeping, wide-angle vistas but can't use small flashes in close because of how much real estate the photo shows? No problem, as long as you are not bound by the ethics of editorial photojounalism. Maybe, say, shooting an illustration, or landscape photography as art.

Just take a cue from Strobist reader "footcandle," who places his strobes where he needs them to be (i.e., close in to the subject to get enough power) and takes them out in Photoshop after the fact. It is an easy thing to do in post. But when you are shooting, just be sure to feather your light upwards so you do not leave obvious light splashes on the ground if you do not want said splashes to be visible.

Lots of portrait possibilities here, too. Photographer Dave Hill sometimes uses a similar technique, for those of you who have made an quest out of trying to get that Dave Hill look. (337 posts and counting!)

Click on the pic and "footcandle" will show you where he hid the flashes. And by the way, am I the only one who thinks "footcandle" is a great Flickr name for a low-power lighting guy?



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