Lighting

A Lighting Guide for Your Home – Photobook Photography Article

A Lighting Guide for Your Home Lighting can make or break a room. It’s as simple as that. Actually bad lighting has such a strong impact that it can destroy the look and feel of a space as well. I remember walking into a living room that I was working on (one of my first projects) for the first time at night instead of in the morning. We were pretty much finished with everything, but when I walked into the…

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Monochrome Madness – Still Life – Fine Art Photography Article

Monochrome Madness – Still Life Welcome back and happy new year as I start back with some still life for Monochrome Madness. I have had a great break and it is nice to get back into it. I took almost a total break from social media and it was great. During that time I really only stayed on things to keep up to date, but that was it. It has been a long time since I did that, but as…

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Getting professional-quality video by using video lights with a GoPro – Underwater Photography Article

Getting professional-quality video by using video lights with a GoPro Getting professional-quality video by using video lights with a GoPro Aug 12 It seems that everywhere you go diving these days, someone has a GoPro with them. And why not? They are very small, affordable, and easy to use. Because of this, there is a ton of underwater footage out there taken by GoPro. I am sure you have seen lots. Some of it is really nice, but along with…

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Researchers Developed an AI that Can ‘Relight’ Portraits After the Fact – Photography Article

A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to “relight” portraits after the fact “according to any provided environment map.” In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will—including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light. The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we’ve seen lately,…

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500px Blog » » 9 tips for creating family images that sell – Photography Article

In 1888, George Eastman released the Kodak #1 camera and gave ordinary people the ability to immortalize life’s most important moments. Family photo albums have been a part of our culture ever since. More than 130 years after that fateful invention, countless family photos are available to us with the click of a button; you can find millions of them on Instagram alone under popular hashtags like #DocumentYourDays, #LetThemBeLittle, and #ChildhoodUnplugged. Still, in a world filled with images, we continue…

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The YN200 Versus the AD200: Yongnuo’s Rival to Godox’s Best Selling Strobe – Photography Article

The portable strobe wars are not over yet. Yongnuo is going after its own China based competition with its new pocket strobe, the YN200. Yongnuo was the original disruptor in the flash industry a few short years ago bringing familiar flashes with proprietary transmitters to market that worked nearly as well as the first party flashes that inspired them. Though Canon and Nikon went after the company with side-by-side teardown of the flash units and compared them, many photographers saw little…

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How I Shot This Set of Studio Images Using Backlighting – Photography Article

If you’ve been following my recent articles, you’ll know that I’ve been on an umbrella modifier trend. I just love how portable and easy to set up they are. It’s pretty wild to think about the impact that such a small piece of gear can have on the look and feel of a shoot. It’s fantastic from the perspective of having access to umbrella modifiers but also from the perspective of being more willing to experiment. You really never know…

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Sunrise in the Forest! Sort of….. « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

The lovely Billi Shah looks languid, relaxed and calm here. Just a forest spirit, floating through the ferns, admiring the greenery. Truth be told (and this is where you need a hardy, beautiful and patient model) it’s actually pretty cold and gray in the woodlands surrounding Birmingham, UK. The frontal light is provided by an Ezybox Pro Octa held aloft by Cali with a Manfrotto Extension Handle. The camera for this pic is the Nikon Z6 with the new 14-30mm…

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The Conclusion of the Fstoppers Versus SLR Lounge Rematch – Photography Article

Lee Morris recently flew out to LA to compete with Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge in an epic shoot-off to see who is the better photographer. You won’t be disappointed by this challenge.  If you missed the first round of this competition, Pye flew out to Puerto Rico and competed with Lee in a fashion shoot in the streets of San Juan. The competition and results of that challenge can be found here. In their most recent photography battle, Pye hosted…

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Creating a High-Key Look | Fstoppers – Photography Article

High-key lighting has a great look to it. It can be very clean and can be fun or elegant or edgy, depending of course on a few other factors of the shoot, such as makeup, hair, clothing, model/client, etc. For this shoot, I wanted a clean and elegant type of look, almost bridal. I had a white dress I bought recently just waiting to be used for a photo shoot and some white flowers that I knew would be perfect to give…

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Yongnuo YN200 Pocket Flash Will Be a Godox Clone – Photography Article

Yongnuo is teasing that it has a new pocket flash on the way. Called the YN200, the product will look strikingly similar to the popular Godox AD200 (AKA the Flashpoint eVOLV 200). The Godox AD200 Flash Havoc reports that Yongnuo has been showing off a prototype of the YN200 at tradeshows. While the Godox AD200 comes with both a standard speedlight head and a bare bulb head, the Yongnuo YN200 appears to only offer a fixed bare bulb head baked…

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Photography Tips: How to Use Color Effect Gels – Photography Article

Telling a story doesn’t stop at your subject in photography; everything in an image gives the viewer context clues to build a narrative around. One of my favorite ways to facilitate interest and story in photography is incorporating color effect gels into the scene, but what are the best ways to use them and why? Coming to you from Robert Hall is a quick breakdown on using color effect gels for your flash imagery. Hall gives us a couple great reasons…

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Into the Woods! With Lastolite! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

If you’re going to trek into the woods, no better company than Amber Tutton, our magnificent, hardy model. And of course, a crew from Lastolite. So happy I started working with Lastolite all those years ago. We’ve stuck together for many years, trading ideas, designing products, and, well, running into the woods, both real and imagined, on photo shoots. Like the pic below, I’m sure Amber would agree her footwear is quite stylish! ???? This shoot was designed for video, and…

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Cinematographer Dicusses His Work on The Empire Strikes Back – Photography Article

Ever wondered how the filmmakers of probably the best-looking Star Wars movie managed to light Darth Vader’s blacker than black costume without seeing the light fixtures in the helmet? The answer to this and a few more nuggets of film history and cinematography tricks are revealed in this short but fascinating interview. Black is one of the most problematic colors to photograph. Not only does it absorb the most amount of light that is thrown at it — often requiring extra or more expensive light sources —…

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How I Shot These Rooftop Fashion Images – Photography Article

I shot these images for fashion ecommerce store Zilingo when we were doing a recent campaign/catalog shoot. What a fun team to shoot with! They really have a vision for what they want to pull off and are very supportive in terms of getting there.  That being said and outside the control of anyone involved, Zilingo included, we were on an incredibly tight schedule where after the catalog shoot, I had to set up and photograph the campaign within 30…

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Five Photo Hacks to Paint with Light – Photography Article

Besides shooting cars or architecture, light painting can also be useful when you want to achieve creative results without spending lots of money. The principle of light painting is very basic: capturing long exposure shots while lighting the subject with a continuous light source. This technique is mainly used in car, architecture, and product photography, where traditional lighting methods don’t work as anticipated. Lighting a large house ceiling, creating light beams around a car or even lighting an interior of…

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How I Shot These Studio Beauty Images – Photography Article

I’ve always loved the color red and the emotions it invokes. I suppose that’s the fun thing about backgrounds, props, and general settings in that a color theme can evoke so many different thoughts and emotions. Needless to say the power of a model is critical but what you can create around the model can go a long way in conveying the feel you’re aiming for. For this test shoot, I knew I wanted to create a set of images featuring…

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A Guide to Putting Together Your First Lighting Kit – Photography Article

When you are new to artificial lighting, the veritable plethora of terms, modifiers, prices, and more can be a bit overwhelming and paralyzing when you are attempting to put together your first kit. This helpful video will give you all the guidance you need to put together your first lighting kit and be up and shooting in no time. Coming to you from Daniel Norton, this excellent video will get you up and running with your first lighting kit. Creating…

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How to Master This Cinematic Lighting Setup – Photography Article

Understanding how to use light is one of the most important lessons a photographer needs to learn. Master this easy yet effective setup before your next shoot. The team over at Westcott Lighting are back once again with another insightful video on creating cinematic light for headshots. This week, San Diego-based filmmaker and educator Caleb Wojcik breaks down his approach to lighting in a very understandable and accessible way. If you’re new to using lights in your work, it can…

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Watch How Movies Create Mood by Avoiding Flat Lighting – Photography Article

Sometimes you look at a photo or scene in a T.V show and think “that looks rubbish.” For me, 9 out of 10 of those cases are the result of flat lighting. Let Vanity Fair’s Reverse Film School series show you exactly how much of a difference it makes. Every film — be it short or feature length — that I’ve ever loved the visuals of have two things in common: interesting lighting and good color grading. Interesting lighting is…

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How to Balance Strobe Light with Ambient Light – Photography Article

My name is Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens, and in this 6.5-minute video and article, I’ll illustrate the balance of strobes with ambient light. Whether it’s inside or outside, you’re going to have to learn the formula to balance strobes with ambient light. It’s not that hard, so let’s go back to 1930 and learn the formula! For this shoot, we are using a Ford 1929 Model A with our two talents, Devyn Howard and Michael Nelson. We’re…

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How to Balance Strobes and Ambient Light – Photography Article

Being new to strobe lighting can be a bit overwhelming, but learning some fundamental techniques and manners of working can have you on your way. This helpful video tutorial will show you one of the most important techniques: balancing strobe light with ambient light. Coming to you from Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens, this great tutorial will show you how to balance strobes and ambient light. A lot of photographers think of working with strobes as an all…

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The Hard Light Look in Photography – Photography Article

I get emails almost weekly, asking me about certain light setups. So I decided to start doing a weekly light series on YouTube. I thought, “what’s the best light setup to start it with then with one of my favorite lighting set-ups?” Hard Light! I will be rolling out a new lighting setup once a week. They will range from basic to a bit more advanced. I am very excited and happy to do this and teach some of my fellow…

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Photon is a Mini Product Photo Studio with Ultra-Flexible LED Lighting – Photography Article

Photon is a new modular mini studio for product photographers that features a powerful system of flexible LED lighting. The system features special 20×20-inch (51x51cm) modules that can form the other three sides of the box. These modules feature 25 active light blocks that measure 4×4 inches (10x10cm) each, and each block has 36 LED elements. With three modules surrounding your product, you’ll have 2,700 total LED lights illuminating the scene. What’s neat about the system is that each panel/module…

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How Often Do You Try to Recreate Photos? – Photography Article

The wonderful thing about the internet is how incredibly easy it is to instantly access a veritable plethora of masterful photographs to inspire you. But do you ever attempt to recreate those photos yourself? This great video shows the challenges and benefits of trying to recreate other people’s photos. Coming to you from Logan Baker with Shutterstock Tutorials, this great video shows the process of recreating several photos he admired. You might wonder why you’d want to recreate someone else’s…

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The One Killer Feature Manufacturers Need to Add to Their Cameras – Photography Article

When Canon and Olympus were experimenting with live view on their cameras in the mid-2000s, it seems almost comical now that they didn’t think to record video with the feature that already existed on their cameras. History is repeating itself, but this time with the lowly pop-up flash. It’s a humble feature on many cameras that can do so much more. In the rush to eliminate built-in flashes on many bodies for seemingly no reason (come on, the Nikon D700…

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The Godox V1: Profoto A1 Killer? – Photography Article

The Profoto A1 was supposed to be a revolution in speedlights (though the company refers to it as the “world’s smallest studio light”), though it carried with it the typical Profoto price tag. The Godox V1 is a very similar light with a much more affordable price. How well does it work in practice? This great video review discusses just that. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the Godox V1. The V1…

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The Versatility of Large Light Sources – Photography Article

When you are new to artificial lighting, it can be a bit of a tough world to navigate. This great explores one of the most fundamental concepts behind working with artificial light and why it’s so useful for photographers.  Coming to you from Daniel Norton with Adorama TV, this great video explores the use of large sources and why they’re so beloved by many photographers. One of the most fundamental principles of light is that the larger the relative size…

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Location Lighting with Lastolite! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Earlier this year, had a great time working with the Lastolite staff to create some light shaper videos, on location, in and around Birmingham, UK, which is a cool city, by the way. Nestled in beautiful countryside, but also presenting an urban sense of grit, there’s lots of stuff to shoot there. We were working exclusively small flash, deploying the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight system, in conjunction with the Z mirrorless cameras. In turns, we used raw light, big panels of…

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How to Light and Edit a Classic Portrait – Photography Article

ACDSee recently asked to sponsor a video where I use their new Photo Studio Professional software. I thought it would be fun to do an entire portrait session from start to finish.  My buddy Nick Milak currently has a glorious full beard and I thought he would be a great model for this shoot. I asked Nick to show up with a few different coats with large collars. I wanted to create something that looked like a classic painting/portrait.  Gear Used FujiFilm…

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