Five Ways to Use a Beauty Dish

Five Ways to Use a Beauty Dish Interested in learning some new lighting setups when using a beauty dish? I've created a video sharing five different ways that I utilize a beauty dish for my studio portrait work as well as discussing some of the benefits of each setup. [ Read More ]

2018 DCS Lighting Expo, February 24, Burbank CA

The Digital Cinema Society‘s annual Lighting Expo is coming soon in Burbank, CA, USA. It’s a day-long event, open to all (though you must RSVP to attend): think of it as a mini-NAB or mini-Cine-Gear-Expo dedicated to lighting. A stage full of vendors will be present to show you their latest wares. On a stage set up in the stage—a metastage?—DCS hosts a series of lighting demos, talks by DPs, and panel discussions. I attended a couple of years ago: it’s a fun event, low-key (pressure-wise, not necessarily lighting-wise), and usefully informative. If you’re in Burbank or reasonably
DSC Lighting Expo 2018 graphic
Continue reading "2018 DCS Lighting Expo, February 24, Burbank CA"

Wedding Photography Lighting Tips, From Preparation to Reception

My name is Jimmy Chan, and I’m the wedding photographer of Pixelicious in Montreal, Canada. I decided to challenge myself and write a comprehensive, in-depth guide to wedding photography in any lighting situation. As the title suggests, it will cover from preparation to reception and beyond, dissecting the characteristics of light while offering many step-by-step actionable tips to delight your next client. It will be written with the amateur/hobbyist in mind, therefore it should be something useful for everyone. Most importantly, this isn’t some theoretical mumbo-jumbo, all images featured below were taken at actual weddings. These are real clients, not
Continue reading "Wedding Photography Lighting Tips, From Preparation to Reception"

$10,000 vs. $425 Portrait Lighting: Can You Tell the Difference?

How much of a difference is there between using an expensive high-end lighting setup and shooting the same portraits with cheaper gear? Photographer Patrick Hall of Fstoppers made this illuminating 9.5-minute video that compares a $10,000 studio lighting setup with a $425 option. Can you tell the difference between the resulting photos? For the $10,000 shoot, Hall used 4 Profoto B1 battery-powered 500 watt flashes — each one costs a hefty $2,000. Hall also used the Profoto Air Wireless Remote and a variety of softboxes and modifiers.
The $10,000 option featuring the Profoto B1 flash.
For the $425 shoot,
Continue reading "$10,000 vs. $425 Portrait Lighting: Can You Tell the Difference?"

Shooting a Perfume Bottle Product Photo With Just One Speedlight

Shooting a Perfume Bottle Product Photo With Just One Speedlight When you think of product photography and lighting, you likely think of intricate, multi-light setups that precisely sculpt every last highlight and shadow. Nonetheless, there's a lot you can accomplish with simpler setups, and this great video will show you how to get a professional shot of a perfume bottle using very minimal gear. [ Read More ]

How to Photograph Perfume Bottles with a Single Speedlight

High-end product photography can be done with fewer resources than many might think if you add creativity and careful execution. Here’s a 7-minute video from Dustin Dolby of workphlo that shows you how you can take professional perfume bottle photos in a studio with a single speedlight. Using a flash on 1/16th power, Dolby backlights the bottle by shooting at a white wall behind. This bounces the light back at the bottle, allowing it to refract around the shapes of the product. You can do the same thing using a diffuser if you don’t have a white wall nearby. To
Continue reading "How to Photograph Perfume Bottles with a Single Speedlight"

Can You Tell The Difference Between $10,000 and $425 Photography Lighting?

Can You Tell The Difference Between $10,000 and $425 Photography Lighting? The lust for better photo gear is something every photographer struggles with. In our photography industry, many people swear by the quality of light of this brand verses that brand, but in the end isn't light just light? In this video I create a classic beauty lighting setup with $10,000 worth of lighting equipment and then replicate that same setup with only $425 worth of lighting equipment. Will they look the same? This is the Rich Photographer vs Poor Photographer lighting test. [ Read More ]