Yesterday I had the joy of photographing my neighbor’s 11 month old daughter. Everyone here understands what that means; constant motion, unpredictable, accidents! With all that happening its beneficial for the photographer to be prepared. Scout the space, decide what you want for natural light, decide what you want for key or fill light, and get it all set ahead of time. With this type of high energy subject its paramount for the photographer to trust the lighting setup, to remain behind the camera, not checking the LCD too often. To pull back and look at the LCD is going to eliminate a lot of great photo possibilities!
My setup was simple. I placed a Canon 580EX II on a light stand, attached an umbrella and Pocket Wizard II transceiver. I aimed the umbrella up into a corner of the room, essentially creating three sources of soft bounce light (ceiling, two opposing walls). I then established camera settings without flash that allowed me two things: first, shutter speed that was good for hand-held action. I shot at 1/200 of a second and second, enough light to open up or blow out windows. This turned out to be ISO 800, f/5 aperture, 1/200th second shutter. My lenses for this included the 85mm fixed and the 24-70mm zoom.