Shooting items on a white background is a commonly used technique for product shots. However, it gets tricky when you need to photograph a white product on white background. In this situation, you can have a problem exposing for one or the other. Photographer David Patino from PDN Video shows you the lighting setup you can use to take professional shots of white products on white background.
A while back Tom Saimon and I took the Godox AD600 for a spin. It was an awesome shoot of a sports trainer, and the results were quite satisfying. We got some great feedback on the shoot, along with some lighting questions, so we created these four lighting diagrams to help fellow photographers understand each scenario. Watch the movie, then hit the jump to see how each shot was created. Of course, when making your own, don’t just copy those, instead use them as a base for creating your own exciting work.
The basic three point lighting technique is a staple in portraits. It’s a simple and straightforward setup. It consists of a key light, a fill light and a rim light. It’s a technique anybody interested in portraits should learn. And it’s not necessarily because it looks particularly amazing, but it allows you to learn the basic principles of lighting any subject.
In this 7 minute video, Australian photographer PJ Pantelis, walks us through the three point lighting setup. He explains how each light contributes to the shot, showing them all separately, and together in various combinations. The actual lights and modifiers used aren’t important in this exercise. It’s all about learning how each light interacts with our subject’s features and each other.
If you are not a professional and don’t own your own studio, taking portraits (or self-portraits) at home is something you’ll most likely do. The Lighting Channel has already presented us with a short and fun video where they suggest ten ways of lighting yourself. In this one, you’ll get a great idea how to create a classic 3 point lighting setup on the cheap. You probably even have some of these items at home if you’re into DIY stuff. Even if not, they’re easily available and you can get them all for the total of $25-30.
Lighting yourself up for self portraits can be a lot of fun. You get to experiment, try different things, and if it looks silly, nobody ever has to see it. Or, perhaps looking silly is the whole point, in which case you should probably put it on Facebook. But trying to recreate certain looks and moods isn’t always that easy, especially if you’re not used to lighting yet.
This video from The Lighting Channel shows ten different ways to light yourself for a selfie, and the moods they suggest. And even if you don’t use the lighting on yourself, they can be great inspiration for using with other subjects on a shoot.
Understanding light is one of the main conditions for successfully illuminating our subjects in photography or videography. Matthew Rosen from KINETEK explains some basic principles of lighting, and how to apply them on different types of surfaces. It’s explained in a simple way, with comprehensive examples, so it will be very useful and easy to follow for all the newbies.
Ed Gregory at Photos in Color makes a pretty bold claim in his new video. It’s titled “Why this is the perfect PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY angle – Proven by SCIENCE” The exact angle for perfect headshots every single time. It’s a shame that this video from has such a misleading and clickbaity title, because it does have some good information in it.
The “perfect” portrait and angle is going to vary a lot from photographer to photographer. It’s a very subjective thing. What we like is what we like. It’s also going to vary greatly depending on the person sitting in front of the camera, too. Facial structure, build and demeanour plays a huge part. There is no one rule to… um… rule them all. But do have a watch of the video anyway. Just ignore the “science” bit.
A tiny LED light that fits into your palm doesn’t really sound helpful for photography and filmmaking. But is it really useless? Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter tested one of these tiny lights to see for himself. In this video, he shares some advantages and disadvantages of this light and the ideas for using it. And it turns out that cheap little LED panel is more useful than you’d think.
Here is a great tool to add to your lighting toolbox, controlling lights with gels. It’s not about making the light hard or soft, it’s different of control, one that allows playing with color relations. And While there is quite a bit you can do with gels in general, today I am going to focus on controlling backdrop color.
There is a way to get three looks using only two lights and a gray backdrop. If we take this concept and expand it, we can use gels to control the background. We can actually mimic quite an infinite number of backdrops. Instead of using two studio strobes like I did in the last tutorial, for this lesson I’m going to be using three speedlights. The reason I wanted to use speedlights rather than studio strobes is because I got a handful of questions about whether or not the 3 in1 headshot could be done with more basic gear. In order to lay those concerns to rest I wanted to get back to basics and use some of the least expensive gear on the market to prove that you can get some great images with very inexpensive gear.
Recreating practical lighting effects for video and photography is a fairly straightforward process. You just need to think about how the lights are constructed in the real world, and then recreate your own version of it. When it comes to creating natural lighting effects, though, things can be a little more tricky.
Natural lighting effects can be extremely effective, but are often difficult to capture as they occur in the real world. So Ted Sim is back with another Four Minute Film School showing how to recreate four very popular and common natural lighting effects with studio lights.