If you’re new to studio photography, here’s something you could find immensely helpful. Broncolor has a wonderful learning section to help you learn dozens of different lighting setups for all kinds of studio and outdoor shots. Portraits, product photos, sports, still life and more – there are image examples with explanations of all the settings. Even if you’ve been into studio photography for a while, you can get inspired and learn something new. And you can do it all for free.
Hard light vs soft light. What’s the difference and how do you do it?
Following on from our earlier post about different types of light comes this one from Curtis Judd. The other video spoke about the various positions in which you can place a light, but it didn’t really cover quality of light. The size of the light source, how hard or soft it is.
The hardness or softness of the light can have just as much impact as the position of the light. So, in this video, Curtis goes over the difference between hard and soft light. How to achieve each, and the benefits and drawbacks of one over the other.
These are the basic lighting techniques you need to know for photography and film
Whether you’re a photographer or a filmmaker, understanding the principles of light and how it will affect your subject are important. It doesn’t matter if it’s flash, continuous LED, natural ambient, or the harsh bright sun, you want them to help tell your story. There’s a lot of different lighting styles and setups out there. Most of them, though, operate on a fairly basic set of principles.
This video from the guys over at Film Riot talks about the different techniques of lighting subjects primarily for video. But, these are the exact same principles you’d use for photography, too. So, if you don’t know your key from your rim or your short from your broad, have a watch, and it’ll all become clear.
How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Editing By Using Anchor Photos
One of the ongoing pain points of being a photographer is the time we spend editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love turning a flat image into something breathtaking, but it does take a while to get through a batch of 1000+ photos from a wedding or concert.
Combine that with the volume of events we cover, and editing quickly becomes a chore instead of being enjoyable. If you’re a busy photographer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Today, I’d like to show you how you can drastically speed up your photo editing in Lightroom using anchor photos.[Read More…]
How cubes react to the laws of light
Understanding how light and shadow falls on different shaped objects is pretty important. It gives us the ability to be able to quickly recognise problems with lighting setups in many different situations with all kinds of subjects. It also helps us to remedy them more quickly. Jay P Morgan’s recently launched new series, Laws of Light shows us these principles in action.
In the first video, Jay showed us the humble sphere. Now, we’re taking a good look at the cube. It seems like a random shape we wouldn’t need to worry about in the real world, but cubes can pop up all over the place. There’s the obvious product box photography, but there are many every day objects that fit into the general form of a cube type shape.
Off Camera Flash Techniques For Dramatic Portrait Lighting
The folks at SLR Lounge were kind enough to let us post one of their premium tutorials here. While none of the techniques they show requires special gear, I am really impressed with the results you can get with some creativity. They were actually even sweeter and gave us a discount code if you want to register. Use the code DIY50 for a $52 discount (valid till the end of the month) when you register here.
In the hubbub and chaos of a stressful wedding day, it can be challenging to gather your thoughts long enough to come up with a game plan on how to create thought-provoking imagery. We are here to be your savior in times of need and offer you a first-hand look at how to implement off-camera flash to produce outstanding images. Here are three different ways we have applied.
Flash Photography – Changing The Background Color With Gels
Here is a great tip if you are using a studio and don’t pack a bunch of backdrops. Of course, not owning many backdrops does not mean that should deprive yourself from the benefits of shooting against backdrops in multiple colors.
Photographer Neil van Niekerk suggest a simple and effective way to tap into an almost infinite about of colored backdrop by coloring them with light using gels.
How To Take A Classic Three Light Studio Portrait With Hardware Store LED Light Bulbs
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.
Creating Mood And Atmosphere with Gelled lighting
I love creating mood and a dramatic atmosphere with my lighting. I predominately shoot fashion portraits and as well as the position of my lighting, I find adding gels can give a great creative edge to my images. This use of colored gels can produce a multitude of different effects from deep bold color to a more subtle, delicate palette. Check out some further tutorials by my colleague Jake Hicks who creates amazing complex hues from his unique gelled lighting setups.
I was conducting a couple of photographic seminars lately in which I demonstrated some of the gelled effects I usually use. The first shoot was at an old abandoned Gaol located in Armagh, Northern Ireland. This was a fantastically creepy location so I knew the gelled lighting effect I was using would provide an equally eerie image.
3 Lighting Setups (And 2 Tips) For Tasty Beverage Lighting
I was inspired by Allen Mowery’s post on creating fake Ice cubes for beverage photography, but after a month I still can’t find clear craft beads here in my country. While I am trying to find those clear craft beads I wanted to share a tutorial with some tricks and lighting techniques you can use for non-fake-ice beverage shots. So here are 3 different lighting techniques for shooting tasty beverages.
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