Ian Pack, creator of the Gel Clip, has come out with a new gear accessory that might make your next photo shoot a little easier; the 1420 VAL Spigot. This is a threaded stud connector (like you’d find on the end of a light stand) that is capable of attaching to the end of… Read more »
Posts Tagged: lighting
Rim lighting is an effective way to visually separate the subject from the background especially when it might be hard to distinguish one from the other because of an intersection of similar tones. The rim (or kicker) light creates a thin highlight around the edges of the subject, partially outlining her with bright light. A… Read more »
The headshot could be considered a portrait photographer’s fundamental skill. After all, it’s a basic necessity for any client who’s in the public eye, or otherwise needs a good representation of their likeness for things like resumes, press releases, corporate use, casting, and even online profiles. In many ways, creating a good headshot can be… Read more »
I want to address a type of question that comes up every now and then regarding off-camera flash radio triggers. Variations on this question seem to stem from a misunderstanding (or lack of understanding) about how flash exposure works at a basic level vs. how automatic flash works with systems like Canon’s E-TTL II and… Read more »
The first time I tried to figure out how to set up a softbox, I was lost. I made this for people who find themselves in that position. Featured: Photoflex LiteDome Q3-9 Lastolite Ezbox Hotshoe Softbox Alien Bees B800 Canon 580EX II
An artist friend of mine, Allyson Lipkin, dropped by the studio the other day and we did a very quick shoot that resulted in several shots I’m very happy with. The entire shoot was done with a single Alien Bees B800 and a shoot-through umbrella. So, the one-light magic strikes again. But is it really… Read more »
In this video, I explore the photography of the late 1970s by attempting to recreate some of the looks from back then. Influences and references were Studio 54, Guy Bourdin, various music videos, and advertising. One of the things that struck me when looking at the fashion and promo photos from back in the day,… Read more »
I demonstrate mixing flash with natural light as backlighting for hair and rim lighting effects.
Here’s a video clip that might help further illustrate some of the points on the previous post, Working with White Balance.
Traditional portrait lighting patterns are the foundation of all good portraiture. This is something I stress in several of my eBooks, and in this post, I’ll describe the five basic lighting patterns and include a video for reference. I hope you find it useful. The Five Portrait Lighting Patterns Short Lighting: good for most… Read more »