Light painting a car can be tricky to get right and difficult to know exactly what steps to take in camera. This video shows you the complete process, from garage space through to finished (and frankly brilliant) image.
In this video and article, we’re going to show you how to spice up an ordinary portrait using off-camera flash to simulate window light photography.
We’ll use the CAMP framework (Composition, Ambient Exposure, Modify or Add Light, Pose & Photograph) to outline the steps we took to compose, light, and capture the final image.
Step 1. Compose Your Shot
Our main goal here is to use the space next to the window so that we can later add an external flash and simulate window light photography for the purpose of adding visual interest to the portrait. We placed the subject
To extend the headlines question a little bit: What is the actual impact of a production grip department on the final look and feel captured through the camera? It might surprise you but without the help of grips, we’d be watching pretty boring, uninspired stuff all day long. Watch the whole interview with Jake Reeder, a key grip himself, hosted by our very own Graham Sheldon.
Deploying a giant camera crane in the desert? Right away! (image credit: Jake Reeder)
So what exactly does a key grip do? It’s not (only) about lifting heavy stuff and push a camera dolly
A dark background is a fantastic way to keep the focus on your subject, and all it takes is a little lighting know-how to make it happen. This great video will show you how it is done and how you can use it to create dramatic, vibrant images.
Quasar Science introduced new linear LED RGBX tube lamps – the R2 “Rainbow 2” and RR “Double Rainbow”. Both lights come in various lengths and include multiple controllable RGB pixels. The R2 has one row of pixels while RR includes two rows. The lights feature QS Pixel Control Software, Swaptics Interchangeable Lens System, and Quasar’s RAIL Mounting System.
For years, the LA-based lighting company Quasar Science has been offering LED fixtures for filmmakers. At the end of last year, the company announced its new R2 and RR linear LED lamps and the plan was to present them at this year’s NAB.
Taking images of your family every day for 50 days is a challenge all on its own. Pair that with being stuck at home in quarantine for all 50 of those days, and things get downright interesting. This is how I approached it and what I learned.
Window light portraits are something we all can do from the comfort of our own homes. It’s quite amazing during this time of lockdown, actually having the time to observe the light around the home at different times during the day and how it can transform a room as the sun pops out from behind the clouds. So what a perfect time to learn and practice lighting.
Use a family member, ornament, or one of those polystyrene heads and spend time watching how the light falls on the subject. And turn the subject and see how that affects the light
If you have been shooting streets for some time or have been following the genre, you might have already thought about some of the things that I am going to talk about below. Street photography is a very volatile genre by virtue of the volatility of the decisive moments.
We have been talking about this term “decisive moment” dating back as far as Henri Cartier-Bresson or beyond. While capturing a decisive moment can be a very satisfying result in street photography, relying on “decisive moment” alone can be quite unrealistic at times as well as restrictive for your artistic abilities
The long-awaited Aputure Nova P300c RGBWW LED Panel is now available for preorder for $1699. The panel has taken some time to finally get to market since its first showing at IBC 2018. The wait is over. Sort of. The Aputure WWRGB light has features found in popular multi-color lights such as simulation of both … Continued
(Editor’s Note: We welcome Jemma Pollari to Photofocus. Jemma is a photographer on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, where she photographs in between mothering her two little boys, writing, teaching and designing. She delivers free weekly photo prompts on her blog the Promptographer Photo Prompt Guide.) When planning a lifestyle family photoshoot, I always consider the light […]
An octabox is a highly versatile and relatively affordable modifier that many photographers use in a wide variety of genres and scenarios. This fantastic video will show you five different ways to use a single octabox.
Today on our new Fstoppers Live channel, we had the chance to interview Vasyl Nykolyshyn, the owner of Raycrown accessories, about a brand new shoot-through octabox concept he has designed. Not only is this light modifier wind-resistant and easy to build and break down, but it can also be used off-axis as a large soft light and on-axis as a massive ring light. Let us know what you think!
I firmly believe that anyone starting out with artificial lighting should master working with a single light first, but that does not mean one-light setups can’t produce versatile and professional results. This great video will show you a critique of several one-light images and provide you with a ton of helpful advice on lighting, posing, and more.
If you don’t own several strobes or simply don’t feel like making complicated lighting setups, you can use just one light and still get professional shots. In fact, you can turn this single light into two, three or even more lights. Well – kind of. It’s pretty simple, but you’ll need some Photoshop magic. In […]
During the cinema5D Virtual Show, Toby Sali from BB&S Lighting has just announced a new bi-color version of their BB&S Compact Beamlight lightweight fixture. The bi-color CBL is a 40W light that can go from 2700K to 6500K with a constant output, no matter the color temperature. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Image credit: BB&S Lighting
BB&S Compact Beamlight Features
The BB&S Compact Beamlight (CBL-1) is a compact, lightweight, and precise 40W LED light that came out last year. The fixture delivers an output of around 4.000 lumens with a CRI of 97. You can dim the
Fire will always be something that evokes feelings of excitement, dread, and more, making it a fantastic dramatic tool in short films, wedding videos, and more. But of course, you can’t just go around lighting fires wherever and whenever you want, so this great video will show you how you can convincingly fake it with your lighting.
Fundamentally speaking, diffusion panels and softboxes serve the same purpose: creating a larger source and thus, softer overall light. However, in practice, they can have different effects on your subject and can also be easier or harder to work with depending on your needs and setup. This great video will show you their advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which is right for your work.
Here’s a 12-minute tutorial by AdoramaTV in which photographer Gavin Hoey shows how you can capture a perfect rim light shot without using multiple stripboxes and flashes — all you need is just one light.
In the tutorial, Hoey captures product photos of static glassware items, lighting the photos from different angles with his one light.
Once he has the photos he needs, he loads them into Photoshop and then combines them into a single finished composite photo that’s fully rim lit.
The single monolight used in the tutorial is the $549 Godox AD400 Pro (AKA Flashpoint XPLOR 400PRO TTL).