Sizing Video Lights based on Needs
Video lighting is a complex and confusing landscape, in this guide I work through I figure out how bright of a light I actually need.
Lighting, Metameric Failures, and DNG Camera Profiles
A brief look at whether DNG camera profiles generated from a color check card can overcome the metameric failures seen with modern LED and CFL light sources.
Continuous Lighting Technologies: An Overview
Video doesn’t really change the conceptual nature of lighting. What it does change, is the type of lighting you need to use. Flashes are out; continuously lighting is in, and with that comes a number of considerations that may not seem obvious at first glance. For starters, video demands light, lots of light. So much […]
Recording your Lighting Setups
When trying to recreate a lighting setup for a pick up shot, or even to duplicate an image to keep a consistent look, having a diagram of the lighting setup goes a long way to making your life easier. Here are some of the tips and tools that I’ve found helpful for doing this.
Budget Continuous Lighting for Video
An overview of some of the cheapest possible tungsten/incandescent continuous lighting solutions for new video users.
Background Brightness: Not black or white, but dark or light.
When it comes to background papers, it’s not whether it’s black or white that matters but how you light it relative to the subject. A black paper can be painted white, and a white paper can be shadowed into blackness with only light.
Speedlights: Flash Extenders
Flash extenders are useful tools when you need to increase your flash’s reach, such as in wildlife or bird photography when using a super telephoto lens. However, they can be used in many other situations to limit and direct light from a flash. Flash extenders are normally used when the subject is at long distances, […]
Hacking Canon’s Wireless Flash System
This is a technique to use multiple Canon E-TTL wireless flashes off camera with out having a master on camera using either a sync cord or a pair of cheap RF triggers.
Popcorn Poster: Shooting the Image
In this article, I’ll walk though how I took the concept sketch and turned it into a properly lit photography.
On Camera Bounce Flash Tip: Rotate the Flash Head
For faster working with bounce flash, rotate the flash head so that you only have to bend it though one angle when changing from horizontal to vertical.