Stories tagged with lighting

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Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home

High-key lighting is a classic look for portraits or product photography that minimizes shadows and produces a bright, vibrant look. Although typically shot in the studio with lots of high-powered lights, it's possible to produce a similar look at home using some fairly basic kit. In this article we'll talk you through a simple backyard setup and some easy post-processing that will serve as a great introduction to high-key portraiture. Learn more

Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio

A flying flash rig that tracks the position of both photographer and subject to maintain consistent lighting angles has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University. In a project designed to test co-ordination between aerial robots and ground-based targets, researchers programmed a flash-carrying drone to light people in the studio as the subjects and the photographer changed positions. Read more

Behind the scenes: Small lighting, big results with Joe McNally

Nikon's latest in a series of behind the scenes videos features photographer Joe McNally. An off-camera lighting wizard, McNally shares some useful tips from three different flash scenarios. No diffusion panel? No worries, McNally explains you can get the same results by placing a bed sheet between the flash and the subject. And as natural light began flowing through his studio, like any good photographer, McNally moved his model to make some pictures — without flash, this time. See video

Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review

The Phottix Mitros competes with the Canon 580EX II flash in our review. Will the half-price Phottix prevail?

Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review

Adorama's Flashpoint 180 Monolight kit will appeal to photographers on a budget. How does it fare in our review?

Fotodiox announces LED-based DY-200 Fresnel Lights

Fotodiox has announced the new DY-200 LED-based Fresnel Light for film work and studio photography. The lamps use very little power, are cool to the touch, and are flicker-free. They can be controlled via a built-in LED display, wireless remote, or with a DMX-compatible lighting control system. The DY-200 is available in daylight or 'W' tungsten versions, and is now available for $1199.95.

Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them
Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting centered around an unusual conceit. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges, they are able to give simple, understandable, and achievable solutions that add up to a 'lighting 101' guide.
Photographer Greg Heisler and the story behind an ESPN cover photo

In a 'Master Series' video posted by lighting maker Profoto USA, celebrated photographer Greg Heisler shares a behind the scenes tale of how he created a unique on-location portrait of then-NBA star Alonzo Mourning. In explaining a lighting setup that even most other pros would struggle to pull off, Heisler breaks down his lighting diagram for a shot that he conceived, 'just because I think it looks cool'. (via Strobist)

Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family
A mixture of personal anecdote and practical advice, 'Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family' by Tamara Lackey should be of interest to anyone who wants to add a little something extra to their family portraits. Adam Kaplan takes a look.
Quick Guide to Video Lighting
So modern digital video cameras are so good at high ISO sensitivities that you don't need to use lights? Experienced director and camera operator Evan Pugh argues that the truth is quite the opposite. Here's his quick guide to lighting for DSLR video.
The One-Light Studio
Creative and dramatic studio lighting does not have to involve a lot of gear. In this article, photographer Thomas Park demonstrates a range of creative possibilities that can be achieved using a single light in the studio.
Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet
Using a hyper-detailed 3D model as a portrait lighting test for various lighting types and modifiers.
Seascape photography
Beautiful seascapes shot in stunning locations can really enhance your image collection. Read the tips in this article to increase your chances of success and get your images of the coastline to the next level.
Mountain bike photography technique
Whether it’s on a recreational level or part of the pro race scene, access to mountain bike photography is usually very straightforward. A DSLR with a standard zoom lens is all the kit you need and if you read the technique tips in this article you are ready to get started.
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