1) Behind-the-scenes video footage of 20 individual images.
2) Additional 15 on-the-job images.
3) Complete lighting diagrams with commentary of all 35 images.
4) Light with only 1 & 2 lights
5) 12 Lighting Modifiers
1) Lighting Panels
3) 22” Beauty Dish w/Grid
4) Modified 48” Octabox w/Grid
1) Inexpensive and DIY Lighting Modifiers
2) White Balance
3) sRGB vs. 16 Bit Prophoto
4) Monitor Calibration
5) AlienSkin Filters and Plugins
1) Planning the Day for Success
2) Crew and Team
3) Utilizing Assistants
4) Directing Models
This first video examines fashion and glamour lighting using just 1 or 2 light sources. We will examine each of the 12 lighting modifiers and how or when we might use them. We will discuss the 35 lighting diagrams and the 35 images created. Follow me as I comment on the lighting diagrams and watch a behind-the-scenes video of the 6 models photographed. This video spans what I have learned over the last 20 years of shooting and modifying the light quality of my studio flash units to a give a 3-dimensional and cinematic light quality.
I use both traditional light modifiers and also several custom built modifiers. It is important to understand that lighting modifiers do not necessarily have to be expensive; they just have to work consistently under varying environments. I do not push brand names or endorse any specific company. In fact, I use a very inexpensive brand of mono-head flash units to create the images both in the video and for my commercial portfolio.
The specific light modifiers discussed include the 22” Beauty Dish w/Grid, Modified 48” Octabox w/Grid, Strobe Head w/7” Grid, Strobe Head Bare-bulb, Strobe Head w/Reflector, 4 different versions of the V-Bank, and several flat panel variants. Each image in the video uses a different combination of the modifiers to demonstrate the degree of flexibility they can offer the photographer.
As a commercial photographer, I prefer to have visual explanations, and that is the format for all the tutorials. Rather than focusing on technical aspects related to digital photography, this video is about LIGHTING. The inspiration for this video was to teach LIGHTING, not Photoshop or how to fix it later. Show me the lights, the modifiers, and toss in a few tips on when to use these lights. The images in the video are not retouched for lighting, just RAW conversions and the basic 30-second levels adjustments and simple skin cleaning.