Lighting is one of the key elements in photography. It can make it or break it, and it adds a lot to the story you want to tell with your image. In this video, Adorama teams up with Emily Teague who talks about the use of dramatic lighting in portraits. She tells you about how to use it, and gives you a lighting demo to show you her simple setup for dramatic, moody portraits.
I’m pretty confident that all of us have sometimes had the feeling that our work is not good enough. I sure know I’ve doubted myself many, many times. In this video from Adorama, photographer David Bergman talks about the imposter syndrome and the loss of confidence. But, he also gives you some great advice on how to deal with them and boost your photographic self-confidence.
Light has many properties that we need to learn if we want to control it and improve our photography. One of them is light falloff: the property of light to become less and less bright the further it travels from its source. Most of us know this feature as the Inverse Square Law, and it involves quite a lot of math. Well, at least too much for my taste.
If like me you also don’t really like math, you’ll love this video from Adorama. Photographer Gavin Hoey will show you what light fall off looks like in the real world, and his demonstration is visual rather than mathematical.
If you don’t own several strobes or simply don’t feel like making complicated lighting setups, you can use just one light and still get professional shots. In fact, you can turn this single light into two, three or even more lights. Well – kind of. It’s pretty simple, but you’ll need some Photoshop magic. In this video from Adorama, Gavin Hoey will show you how.
It might seem odd for Godox to release a 300Ws strobe when they already have the AD200Pro and AD400Pro (not to mention the AD360II is still technically a thing), but that appears to be exactly what they’re doing. A listing on the Adorama website for the Flashpoint Xplor300 Pro TTL strobe has just appeared.
Godox hasn’t made an announcement, but given that the rest of Adorama’s range is made by Godox and the similar design construction, it’s not much of a stretch to assume this is, too. But what makes this strobe particularly useful for photographers is that it’s about the same size as your average 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, so it’s easy to throw in your camera bag.
If you’re new to portrait photography, basic lighting patterns are a very useful thing to master. But if you want to use them efficiently, it’s not just about knowing how to create them, but also why. In this video from Adorama, Pye Jirsa explains primary key light patterns: how to create them, but also the purpose behind each of them. They work for studio light as well as natural light, so I believe many of you will find this video useful.
When shooting portraits, shooting at a high or low angle is a good way to convey a message. But, the angle can also make a big difference when it comes to composition and the lighting, helping you make the best out of your shots. In this video from Adorama TV, Gavin Hoey demonstrates how a simple change of shooting heights can make a dramatic difference in your portraits.
As a follow up to my post from a couple of days ago, it looks like there is indeed a Godox AD200Pro coming quite soon. The launch of this model was inevitable, really, however, I don’t think many people expected it might come so quickly – especially as many are still waiting for those AD400Pro modifiers & remote head, V1 round head speedlight and other bits.
But now Flashpoint eVOLV200 Pro listing has appeared on the Adorama website, first spotted by the folks at Godox.blog, which definitely isn’t just your original AD200. It appears to have the same form factor, but with some rather noticeable differences – like the redesigned LCD to help offer it a little more protection.
When Adorama announced that they were starting to go in their own direction with their rebranded Godox kit and actually developing their own compatible products, it was something of a surprise. The initial announcement of the R2 Pro Mark II got a lot of people very excited. It also got a lot of criticism, too. What’s with all the extra buttons? You’re making it too complicated!
Well, now the trigger has started to ship, and the first reviews are out. Photographer Rob Hall has got his hands on one, and he’s put together his thoughts on it in this video after spending some time with it. The short version, though, is to just go get it.
When shooting portraits, the background is one of the things you need to be mindful about. And if you shoot outdoors, you don’t have so much control over it as you do in the studio. In this video, photographer David Bergman will give you a few quick tips for choosing the perfect background and improve your outdoor portraits in an instant.