Create A Dramatic Lighting Setup With Four Studio Strobes And Gels

Create A Dramatic Lighting Setup With Four Studio Strobes And Gels

My goal with this set of images was to be able to create lots of drama and make a bold statement while still keeping things pretty simple. As always I have included a lighting diagram and I am also going to show you some simple variations on this lighting setup. For the images in this article, I am used 4 300watt Flashpoint 620M’s. Each of the shots uses either a white WalMart reflector or a zebra gold California Sunbounce Micro-Mini reflector just out of frame under the subjects face to...

 
Shoot A Social Media Profile Photo That REALLY WORKS!

Shoot A Social Media Profile Photo That REALLY WORKS!

Do you know how to shoot a great social media profile photo? In today’s visual world, I can’t stress enough the importance of having an AMAZING social media profile photo for both social media and job-hunting purposes. That brings us to the real question: How good are you at shooting social media profile photos that REALLY work? A great social media profile photo has to meet several important criteria. The photograph should communicate the person’s personality – are they...

 
How To Handle Hands Part II – Hand Placement for Portraits and Modeling Shots

How To Handle Hands Part II – Hand Placement for Portraits and Modeling Shots

In Part One I talked about posing hands on the body. Now let’s talk briefly about posing hands off the body and then as promised I will review some guidelines for hands around the face. Be sure to view the video that accompanies the How to Handle HANDS articles so that you can see some of these techniques in real-time. One of the hardest things for a model to do with her hands is NOTHING! Part of what makes it hard is that she has to think about doing nothing. Seriously, try it. Tell your...

 

Posing Hands for Portraits and Modeling Shots

This is Part One of a two-part article on posing hands for modeling and portrait photographs. I find that posing hands is one of the most overlooked aspects of posing, especially among new photographers and new models. It is often the smallest details that can have a dramatic impact on the mood or quality of an image and hands can certainly make or break a photo. What makes this difficult is that in our day-to-day life we take hands for granted. Everyone has them right? The problem is that...

 

One Light Beauty Lighting – Light Your Subject From Behind

Beauty lighting behind the subject??? I know you are thinking the title is wrong. Even back in the film days the inside of the Kodak boxes had the Daylight Lighting Table that explained you should put the light behind the camera with the subject facing towards the light. **This is the SECOND in a series of articles dedicated to creating simple yet flattering and exciting beauty lighting arrangements. These techniques can be used for everything from portraits to fashion photographs. Be sure to...

 
Who says bounce flash is ugly?

Who says bounce flash is ugly?

“Never use bounce flash for portraits!” When I was a young photographer (back in the film era) I was taught that bounce flash for people pictures was not flattering and should only be used for event and news photography. Recently I did a Google search on the phrase “Bounce Flash” and got back more than two million results. YouTube.com and Vimeo.com had over 400 videos on the subject. Most of the web pages and videos gave me “rules for good bounce flash”. If you read any of...

 
Fluorescent Studio Lighting – Follow-up

Fluorescent Studio Lighting – Follow-up

I have received an incredible response from the article and video series that I produced last year about the DIY Fluorescent Studio Lighting Set-up (See original video below). I have also received TONS of questions about the fixtures and how to use them so it is time to write a quick follow-up to pass along some very helpful information about the set-up and even some great solutions that people have sent to me. Let’s start with the mounting brackets that I used for the T-8 fixtures in the...

 

DIY Photo Reflector from Walmart

Let’s take a look at this DIY photo reflector from Walmart. Bet you didn’t know that Walmart sold professional lighting accessories. If you’ve read many of my previous articles or attended my workshops, you have heard me talk about the Walmart Photo Reflector. It is simply a 30” x 20” piece of white foam board that you can buy at Walmart for under two bucks. **(You can also find a variety of sizes and thicknesses at Amazon.com) This is my favorite type reflector to use when shooting...