When you decide to take the step from natural light and start shooting with artificial lighting, you may not know where to start learning. Daniel and Rachel from Mango Street have teamed up with photographer Daniel DeArco to introduce you to the basics of studio lighting. And when they do it, it seems less scary and it will help you successfully take the first steps.
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In today’s modern photography there can be a stigma that almost everything seen in magazines, online or in editorial publication has been photoshopped to make the models look slimmer, softer and more shapely. What if with a few simple “in camera” steps you could minimize the amount of work that needs to be done in post-production. Here are a few simple tips to remember when shooting on location that will save you time and increase your productivity in post production.
“Natural light photographers” is a strange term. To some it’s a badge of honour, stating that they either don’t need to use flash to get what they want, or that they simply don’t like “the look of flash”. To others, it’s generally derogatory, suggesting that somebody only uses natural light simply because they don’t know how to use flash. But both are excellent options for lighting up a subject.
Calgary based photographer Nathan Elson utilises both in this comparison of shots in the studio and outdoors using flash and natural light. This behind the scenes video posted by Nathan just goes to show that no matter which is available, there’s ways ways to bend it to your will.
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.
there plenty of ways to achieve the lighting you want or use the one you have. In this video from Derrel Ho-Shing, you’ll see differences between three different light sources and setups. He’s shooting the model using natural light, a flash, and high speed sync. Same model, same location, same time of day – yet pretty different results. Which one is your favorite?
From a lighting standpoint, I find boudoir is one of the most fun genres to shoot. I feel it just offers more lighting choices than most other genres. Boudoir lighting can tell the same story many different ways. I often prefer flash for my own work. It just gives me more control. But I don’t always neglect the power of a big window light.
That’s what New York based fashion & beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler is doing in this video. She’s teamed up with ExpoImaging to produce a series of videos highlighting their Rogue range of photography accessories. Shooting by window light, Lindsay walks us through the process, offering a number of great posing and lighting tips along the way. There may be some NSFW viewing if you carry on.
A bathroom might seem an odd place to make a portrait, but then most of our bathrooms aren’t as appealing as this one.
In this video from Fuji X-Photographer Damien Lovegrove, we see how we can light such a scene using continuous LED lights, and cookies to help break up and scatter the light for a more natural appearance.
Nine times out of ten, I would rather shoot with natural light. But no matter how prepared I am or how keen I am on picking out the perfect moment, the reality is natural light sometimes needs a little assistance to capture the vision I have in my mind. It’s at times like these when I do my best to combine the best of both worlds: natural light and flash.
A lot of the time when we look at a well executed image we think about how it was lit. And a lot of times, the strobes and softboxes and other light modifiers photographers use have a huge impact on the final photo.
But sometimes having a good natural light source and a good understanding of light is all you need.
I saw this photograph by photographer Maxim Guselnikov and was surprised to learn it was all natural light.
Maxim told DIYP how the photo was made:
That’s right, ten children: Clint, Calista, Damien, Theron, Adrian, Quentin, Camille, Octavia, Elliott, and Gabriel. Each of them endearingly adorable, dazzling, and photogenic in their own way. Their mother, Lisa Holloway, is a professional photographer in the Las Vegas area. She lives, however, in a rural part of northern Arizona–the perfect place to photograph her charming family. The dreamy earth tones and gorgeous natural light she finds there seems to lend themselves perfectly to the photographer’s style, all the while complementing the natural beauty of her children.[Read More…]