Archive for May, 2012 ↓
BASIC PORTRAIT SETUPS The first thing to understand about lighting people is light angle and light shape. From there you take into consideration, hard/soft, contrasty/flat, and other light qualities. Since most portraits are taken using complimentary light quality, we will focus most of our attention on that rather than alternative lighting techniques.
If you are shooting full length, then you need to pull the paper down with enough to sweep it across the floor, allowing enough paper for the subject to stand on and have the paper stretch 3’ from where they stand towards the camera. I then duct tape the paper to the floor. They will […]
People in the Studio We are asked to photograph people to tell us who they are, what they are like, and we do it by capturing their personality. As humans, we get our impression about a person by responding to the visual stimuli when we see that person. It is human nature to form an […]
WHICH LIGHT ACCESSORY TO USE? The main thing to remember with lighting is you need to use a light source that will create the quality of light you need for your subject. Do you need hard or soft light, high contrast or low contrast, small highlight or big? Do you need focused light or a […]
Packing Your Lights You should be concerned and careful about how you pack your lights for transport. Because I do so much on location, I decided to use the Pelican 1650 cases, the biggest they make. I can get 5 lights, reflectors, spare tubes, cords, grids, and more in each case. The reason I went […]
Connecting to the camera The camera is connected to the strobe with a PC cord, also known as a sync cord. Once connected, the release of the shutter in the camera sends a signal to the flash to fire at the same time. Most cameras have a PC cord/Sync socket on the camera body.
How do the light work? For this example I will only describe the back of a White Lightning as I believe most strobes are similar.
Light Meters This is a very handy tool, although these days I don’t believe they are absolutely necessary. The purpose for a light meter is to measure light output. The best meter to get is a combination incident and flash. The incident meter is for metering ambient or existing light that is not flash. The […]
Fill Cards There will be some situations where you will not choose to use a fill light to fill in shadows, yet you need to manage the contrast from the main light. A white card such as Foam Core, or reflector panels from Light Form or Lite Disc work well when placed next to the […]