Not long ago David X. Tejada (blog, site) posted a video showing his setup for a firm executive shot. You can watch the video at the end of this post. One thing that I believe pushes me forward as a photographer is learning the techniques of great photographers like David X. Tejada, and then apply them on creative ideas that I have. Note that for this learning technique to work, you can not copycat an image (there is another technique of trying to reproduce an image to learn the lighting, but that is another story).
This guest post by Rick S. (aka therickman), Pittsburgh, PA. features a stofen like device for no money at all. (OK, 2 cents, if you get really pecky). It’s foldable and it’s cheap and it’ll give you a bare bulb type of lighting. To learn more about bare-bulb lighting visit the strobist.
Here is a quick and easy way to make a “professional” flash diffuser without shelling out twenty or so dollars at your local camera shop. In fact, the cost of this homemade pearl is… well, nothing! Just your time making it, which should take less than ten minutes. Ready to start taking better images with softer lighting? Let’s go![Read More…]
After enjoying this great portrait and lighting,
I can see some more added value to this picture and discussion on the “picture flick thread” (click image to go there.
The first cookie is the method used to remove the light fall off – a bounce card under the camera.
A second cookie is fluorescent flicker discussion on the photo page. O’bran was concerned with flickering of the light caused by the way fluorescent works – they flickr many times a second depending on the current fluctuation in your electricity socket.[Read More…]
Photographer David Greene was kind enough to share a cool lighting technique he uses for fashion photography. Using your everyday florescence fixtures and bulbs David creates two strip lights. Watch the flick.
There strip lights are good enough to go with f/3.5 on100 ISO which is nice, and you don’t need to use florescence filters, cuz the bulbs (can you call florescence bulbs?) are daylight balanced.
Not so long ago, I got a mail from a reader and fellow DIYer Joris van den Heuvel. Joris referred me to his site where to my astonishment I found a ringlight heaven.
Now, I know that the photography web has been sizzling with ringlights ever since David Hobby posted his challenge for a DIY ringflash, but this guy is something else. Got some cool stuff I haven’t seen anywhere else.
Starting out with a “regular” one liner LED ring light (AKA Ring Light 1.0), Joris evolved to a two liner LED array and even a three liner. BUT WAIT!!! It gets better. CFFL tubes are yet another version of a ring flash, and…..
Joris’s latest work in progress is a fiber optics based ring light (just saying fiber optics flash makes me feel sophisticated and cool). I say – stay tuned for this one – as my friends’ say this is something completely different. You know what; check em all out here.
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After Just Fab introduced her fabulous Ghetto Studio, which was a ghetto setup for the butterfly lighting (AKA Glamour Lighting; AKA Paramount Lighting) I felt like taking a shot with this kind of setup. (Pan intended).
It was my bad luck that the PVC store next door has ran out off all the PVC piping they usually hold (Yea, right! try – my wife will kill me if I build another PVC monster in the living room). I had no alternative but to go with another butterfly lighting solution. (The final deal, by the way, was “OK, OK, I will not build it, will you model for me? pleeeeease?”).[Read More…]
Gary Fong has become a de-facto standard for speed light diffusion. The accessories made by Gary include the famous Lightsphere and lots of other small flash improvements.
Zond2 came up with a small and cheap flash application that mimics the lightsphere effect. The materials: A soda bottle, some foam cardboard and a starbucks latte cap.
I did not test this at home, but the concept looks really nice.[Read More…]
Photographer David Tejada posted a nice video showing how he did a shot of a small room with a computer screed (what he refers to as a CAD room).
He used a CTB gel to create cool atmosphere and a CTO gel on a snoot to warm the subject.
The video will follow up is a second. Before that I encourage you to explore David Tejada’s Blog. This guy really knows what he is doing.
One of my personal favorite photographers – Annie Leibovitz was recruited to crate the fantasy of every photographer (and every kid alive).
In a project designed to celebrate Disney’s ‘Year of a Million Dreams’ Annie is shooting celebs dressed up as Disney’s all time favorite characters. Check out Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyoncé as Alice and David Beckham as Prince Phillip. Check out my personal most-charming-in-the-world-ever favorite Rachel Weisz as snow white.
Check out the cool behind the scenes (media player, real player) to see
some of the lighting and allot of Annie’s eye-level approach that makes
her photos feel so natural. (You can also get a glimpse on the amount of octagon softboxes on the scene)
Tom Barnett (pxlsnfr) has come up with some great High Speed Photography shots.
Tom uses very basic circuitry to trigger the flash on “hearing noise” and a bit more complex (though still pretty simple) circuit to avoid repeating flash triggering.
In fact the basic circuitry is just one SCR with plus and minus going to the flash and minus and gate going to an amplified mic. See pictures below.
From the number of crushed bulbs on Tom’s photostream, I’d recommend his services to any person that wants to be environment friendly and move to Energy-saving compact fluorescents (CFs).
What I like about Tom’s High Speed Photography, is that Tom controls this technique flawlessly, and can use it to photograph images with a great amount of creativity.