Aside from natural light and your flash, you have a couple of equipment options with regard to setting up your lighting:

Three Point Lighting

Lighting-3point.jpgThree lamps arranged around your subject can create more sophisticated and flattering light.

The camera MUST be set up properly for this type of shot:
  • MODE: Programmed or Manual
  • White Balance: Manually Set the white balance with a white card
  • ISO: 100-200
  • TURN OFF overhead lights to ensure a more dramatic effect

Slave Flash (Strobe Umbrella)


The Slave Flash creates back or side lighting for your subject to give them a softer, more three dimensional look.

With Camera Flash
With Camera & Slave Flash

The Slave Flash is designed to synchronize with your camera flash. It senses when another flash goes off nearby, and (at the speed of light) triggers it's own flash quickly enough to assist in illuminating the subject.

- Some cameras will not work with the Slave Flash - Others need specific settings to be made - you need to test your setup before using it.

- You should always check to see if a picture actually triggered the Slave Flash in time - sometimes it fires too late. Look for highlights in your image to see that it's working.

Here are some settings that have worked for us in the Yearbook room:SlaveFlash03.jpg
  • CANON S3
  • Tv Exposure Mode - 1/13 exposure timing works well (use the left/right joypad to adjust)
  • ISO Auto
  • Manual White Balance Settings
  • (Aperture 3.2)

  • The Slave Flash can be placed ABOVE and slightly behind your subject;
  • It must be placed OUT OF LENS, or it will create a nasty flare that degrades your image quality
  • It can be about 6 feet away from your subject

SlaveFlash04.jpg The Greenscreen area is convenient for using the Slave Flash, but be careful to observe the following:
  • Have your subject stand at the FRONT EDGE of the greenscreen stage to keep green wall reflections from tainting their skin colour
  • Angle your camera so there is a flat, seamless wall behind them

Consult the GREENSCREEN photoshop tutorials after you've taken your picture