While my office is also my studio, just like so many other photographers, I am in a unique situation. My office/studio lights have to be adjusted for various scenarios: Working at my desk Recording a video for my YouTube channel Hosting The WordPress Photography Podcast for Imagely Hosting The Photographer Show here at Photofocus Studio […]
In the past month, I’ve been reporting on the various camera brands that have been dropping the “master” and “slave” terms since the huge Black Lives Matter movement that surged after George Floyd’s death. I can now confirm Leica is also dropping the terms.
If I told you that my two must-have lights fit into the palm of my hand, would you believe me? One of those lights alone was used to light my face in the image below. Would believe me that? Lume Cube The first light I like to pack in my camera bag is the Lume […]
If you’ve been wanting to get better at shooting portraits with speedlights but aren’t sure where to start, check out this free 2.5-hour tutorial by UK photographer Damien Lovegrove.
Shot back in 2009, the tutorial shows Lovegrove demonstrating 23 different setups using one or more flashes, from simple one-flash portraits to setups that use 3 off-camera flashes and modifiers (e.g. softboxes and reflectors).
As he sets up and executes each portrait, Lovegrove talks through what he’s doing and why.
“I’ve tried to show every nuance of the rig and shoot,”
It’s rare that any piece of photographic equipment is versatile and affordable enough that I recommend it to everyone, but the GVM-600S Ring Light is one of those rare products. If you shoot photos or videos, you should buy this light.
Flowers can be a wonderful opportunity for photographers to practice their camera skills. Whether receiving a bunch as a gift, or wanting to record the flowers in your own garden, there are a few things you can do to improve your flowery shots.
Intellytech has upgraded it’s popular LiteCloth LC-160RGBW 2×2 flexible panel light and now you can buy the sequal which is, you guessed it, the LC-160RGBW II. The new LC-160RGBW II adds Hue, Saturation, and Intensity controls (HSI) making the foldable 2×2 so much easier to control. Additionally, it’s 15% brighter than the first generation. On … Continued
Too often portrait photographers obsess with key and fill lighting, and forget about the light that illuminates the background or rear of a subject. In this piece I discover the power of using the back light as my main light source.
Choosing the right lighting modifier can seem like an endlessly daunting task. In this video, I break down my thought process and show examples of how I use different modifiers for varying types of images as well as explaining the key differences in my equipment.
My guest is a California-based photographer who has a distinguished career in Hollywood, working on several number one Hit shows including “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “House,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and many more. He’s an educator and has shared his talents with many photographers. Please welcome Mike Kubeisy. Topics include what are the different types of lights, […]
We’ve seen hints of the NOVA P300c LED panel at NAB’s past and the fixture has seemed like a promising entry for Aputure into the crowed LED panel lighting segment. Now, we’ve finally been able to get our hands on one for a review. At $1,699.00 for the fixture alone and $1,899.00 for the kit, the NOVA is sitting at a mid-range price point, but with features that many more expensive panels also share. At different points, over the course of several weeks, I put the NOVA P300C through the paces alongside several of its competitors. Read the
Creamsource announced its new flagship 2×1′ RGBW light fixture called Vortex8. The light offers 650W output with CCT ranging from 2200K to 15000K. It is IP65 certified and offers wide variety of wireless and wired connectivity as well as 8 individual controllable zones. Price-wise ($4,999) and feature-wise it looks like a direct competition to the popular ARRI SkyPanel S60-C.
Creamsource has just announced the all-new Vortex lighting system with its flagship product, the Vortex8. The Vortex8 is a 650W high power 2×1 RGBW system with CCT ranging from 2200K to 15000K. Hard & Soft Light Source The Vortex8 has been crafted to produce a narrow beam angle and high light output while its color … Continued
It can be intimidating when you see some behind-the-scenes photos of studio setups, and there are multiple lights everywhere, and you only have one light. While sometimes, it does come in handy to have multiples, there is a lot you can do with only one light. Could you do a high-key portrait with only one light?
Fotodiox has announced the SkyFiller Wings, a large collection of foldable LED panel lights. The lights are available in either RGBWW or Bi-Color versions. The whole concept behind them was to make lightweight and durable fixtures that were easier to transport. The SkyFiller Wings feature a unique foldable design. This essentially follows them to be … Continued
The output of LED lights is rated in lux, lumens or footcandles. What the heck do all of these terms mean when all we want to know is how bright the light is in f/stop, shutter speed and ISO? Here are the simple answers … Footcandles are for movies, video and television I remember working […]