The right lighting can drastically improve the quality of your digital photography. From studio photography lighting tips to equipment advice, we cover it all here.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Continuous Lights For Digital Shooters
For control and certain effects, many professionals find "hot light" to be the ideal lighting gear
With the prevalence of strobes in the professional marketplace, continuous lights or “hot lights” have fallen out of favor, but they're still excellent tools with some distinct advantages. The term “hot light” actually refers to tungsten, quartz, HMI and halogen lighting equipment as well as newer continuous sources that aren't all that hot to the touch. Although they're all hotter than a strobe setup, technology has made advancements in these lights that has resulted in much cooler units, so that a hot light can be used in some situations where you previously would have shunned them because of the heat.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights
Having tools that let you take your studio on the road can open the door to more and better-paying jobs
Most studio photographers choose either a power pack and flash head system or continuous lights (hot lights) for the vast majority of their work. Monolights have been largely relegated to the sidelines due to their reputation as being limited in usefulness. In a marketplace where studio space is being abandoned as too expensive and more photographers are being asked to do location shoots in a limited time and with limited notice, monolights are tools that might prove to be your best options.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Get creative with your lighting technique with some inspiration from these case studies by a master of illumination
To me, lighting is the most important tool for creative photography. It's followed far behind by focal length, aperture and so on. Too many photographers approach the same “problem” with the same technique—and always get the same result.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Flash On Location
Flash photography has come a long way from the days when Weegee stalked the streets of New York with a Graphlex Speed Graphic and a pocket full of flash bulbs. Today's electronic flashes are small and powerful, filled with advanced features that help produce well-exposed photographs, all without leaving the smell of burning magnesium in the air.
Contender: Alexander Hankoff