This Photographer Uses a Quad-Flash

Godox recently released its new EC-200 extension head (AKA Flashpoint eVOLV 200) for the Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash (AKA Flashpoint eVOLV 200). Celebrity photographer Markus Klinko decided to combine four extenders and flashes into this unusual-looking quad-flash. Klinko has used many different ring flashes and parabolic umbrellas over the course of his career, but “neither [type is] ideal for extreme close up work when balanced, even front-lighting is required,” he writes at DPReview. But these “new remote heads from China on the other hand, are small and light enough to allow for several of them to be
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Apollo Lets You Magically Edit Lighting in iPhone Portrait Mode Photos

Apollo is a new “immersive illumination” iPhone app that lets you edit 3D lighting in Portrait mode photos. The app uses the depth map created by dual camera iPhones, allowing you to post-process photos as if they were 3D renders. “Apollo is the first app to use the depth data of your portrait mode photos to calculate photorealistic lighting,” Apollo says. “Using a proprietary graphics card processing algorithm, Apollo is able to illuminate a portrait scene in real time.” You can add up to 20 new light sources in each photo. Each light source can be adjusted for position
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A $5 Shower Curtain Does Wonders for Diffusing Light

Here’s a 6-minute educational video by Shutterstock in which filmmaker Todd Blankenship discusses the basics of diffusing light and introduces three cheap options for doing so… including a $5 shower curtain. “A common misconception about diffusion is that all you need to do is slap [diffusion] onto the front of your light source,” Blankenship says. But if you do this, the results may not show much of a difference — the light may still be nearly just as harsh without improved quality. But the trick is to make your light source as big as possible in relation to your subject
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The Fundamental Terms of Lighting in Photography

The Fundamental Terms of Lighting in Photography When you're first starting out with artificial lighting, the vast array of terms to describe and quantify the various parameters of light can be a bit overwhelming. This helpful video will introduce you to the most essential terms that will allow to effectively communicate how any light source behaves. [ Read More ]

5 Tips for Pro Bottle Photos in Just 5 Minutes

If you ever need to shoot a product photo of a beverage bottle, the concept might not seem too complicated, but seasoned product photographers actually have a number of tricks they use to take their images to the next level. Here’s a helpful video in which photographer Max Bridge of Square Mountain shares 5 pro tips in 5 minutes. Here’s a brief overview of the 5 tips: Tip #1. Prepare Your Bottle. There are downsides to shooting a standard bottle, so there are things you can do, such as removing the rear label and coating the glass, that both make
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How to Photograph With Glitter

How to Photograph With Glitter Glitter always sounds conceptually fun, doesn't it? The word "glitter" immediately brings out visualizations of outlandish Disney characters throwing fairy dust into the air! Just me? Fine, just me. [ Read More ]

Here’s Why You Should Take Your Flash Off Camera Whenever Possible

Here's Why You Should Take Your Flash Off Camera Whenever Possible When you're first starting out with lighting, the natural thing to do is use your on-camera flash or a hotshoe speedlight. However, unless you're going for a very specific look, this will generally not give you the best results. This great video shows you how even just a single speedlight can give you great results when you move it off camera. [ Read More ]

Lights, Camera, Action: Why I’m Sticking with Speedlites

Lights, Camera, Action: Why I’m Sticking with Speedlites When looking at lighting, you have a lot of choices with companies like Profoto, Broncolor, Elinchrom, Paul C. Buff, Godox, and others. Have you asked yourself if the lights from those companies fit how and where you shoot? Does it makes sense to buy that $2,000 strobe or would a couple cheap speedlites achieve your vision? [ Read More ]