What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting on and off camera. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!
We found a perfect little spot in the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, to take a portrait of our little ring bearer peeking in on the rings. The bearfoot ring bearer was perfect for this lush setting.
It was a beautiful afternoon and the shade of the gardens was a perfect spot for making images. Behind the subject, I had plenty of direct sunlight dappling through the trees, but the soft, open shade around him made taking a portrait comfortable and uncomplicated.
Our goal with the shot was to compare an on-camera flash to an off-camera flash. In both cases, we used only one light (aside from the sun).