Creating a soft and dramatic image doesn’t require too many complicated settings and gear. In this short video, photographer Jeff Rojas will show you how to do it with a minimalistic approach. All he uses to create wonderful, dramatic portraits is one light placed overhead.
Forged from rock and steel in the welsh valleys, photographer Ian Munro brings to photography a determination and dedication to keep inspiring viewers with his conceptual storytelling .
His images blur the lines of surrealism and humour. Frozen in time, with shades of Georges Méliès, and mad genius, he creates large sets, sometimes building them from scratch for his models to act in.
I hear it all the time…. “I want to get in to studio lighting, but I just don’t have the money.”
Well, you actually do. And if you care that much about the studio/ engineered lighting world, jumping in to it is actually MUCH EASIER than you might think, and much more affordable! There are a host of amazing options out there to help you get in to the studio lighting world for a fraction of the cost of strobes.
Working with the kit I’m about to show you has changed the entire look and feel of my imagery, and allows me to communicate a more beautiful, effective message with the images I create….
When I was getting started with photography, I knew that I had to learn how to light a subject indoors, but I couldn’t afford studio strobes – or even a hot shoe flash.
I ended up learning how to use artificial light by re-purposing a set of three 500 watt halogen work lights. They turned a room into a sauna, constantly blew fuses and occasionally melted down my DIY light mods, but they taught me how to visualize light.
So when I was putting together my second studio lighting class at Skillshare, I though that it would be fun to return to my roots and photograph a classic three light studio portrait using hardware store LED light bulbs.
In this article I will show you how its done.
If you’re relatively new to photography, studio lighting can seem like a whole other world.
If you’re like me when I started with studio lighting, you probably have a pretty decent camera and have seen a noticeable improvement in the quality of your photography as you have learned to work with natural light.
But sooner or later you’ll realize that if you really want to progress as a photographer – you’re going to have to learn to effectively use artificial light.
The good news is that getting started with studio lighting can be really easy, fun and you can do it for less than $100 in gear!
The first studio light photograph that I learned how to take was a one-light studio portrait – so if you’re interested in learning studio lighting, lets start there.
In 2001, realizing the potential of the digital photography revolution and the changing market, he started selling the smaller, cheaper and friendlier AlienBees Flashes.
His most recent flash unit, the Einstein E640, has also been a huge success and it used by amateurs and professionals alike.
Honestly, I cannot believe this went under the radar for me. Photographer Dani Diamond just broke our ring light record, not by making it any bigger, but by adding a clever inner ring making it the first double-ringed DIY light I’ve seen.
The outer diameter is 4 feet and it features 12 bulbs in the inside ring and another 15 (actually 14) bulbs on the outside, making it a 27 bulbs monster. The only bulb that is missing, making it a 26-bulber is the topmost bulb that Dani uses as a clever mounting point, booming it rather that mounting it on a light stand.
As Gavin Hoey explains in this informative video tutorial on softboxes, soft light is generally preferred over a hard light when shooting portraits. There are a number of light modifiers that can help achieve soft light, but one of the most commonly used is a softbox. When choosing and setting up the correct softbox for the job, size and distance from the subject will make a huge difference in the softness of light it will distribute. [Read more…]
Brooke Shaden is the kind of inventive photographer who prefers to do-it-herself rather than spends wheelbarrows of money on expensive studio lighting and modifiers. Instead, Shaden challenges us to get creative with what resources we have available to us. In this case, it was one or two basic house lamps from Ikea. (And if you really want to get elaborate with your set up, she also explains how to use a tissue to diffuse the light from the lamps.) [Read more…]
Gels are common tools to use when you want to change the temperature of your light or add color to white backgrounds. but they can also be used to simulate the look of different kinds of lights. In this case, Joe McNally uses a blue gel over a speedlight to mimic the look of a glowing movie projector. It’s a pretty creative application of the gels and goes to show that with a little imagination and a pack of Rosco gels, the sky is the limit. [Read more…]