When lighting a subject, one of the things you want to try to do is create drama, or a context, using the light. This often means modifying your light source. One of the easiest ways to modify your flash to create a context, or drama, is to use a gobo. Gobos are templates that go [...]
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In my last post, I talked about using a DIY blue gel to add interest to a portrait by lighting the background. This time I’ve added a DIY orange gel, and used the same Gary Fong Powersnoot for some product photography. This is a three-light setup. Exposure: 1/200, f/14, ISO 100 Camera: Canon EOS 5D [...]
Colored gels are commonly used to balance flash color temperature with the color temperature of ambient light. But you can also use gels to add creative color effects to your photos. I recently shot this portrait of my son to commemorate his Shichi Go San (7-5-3) ceremony. Shichi Go San is a Japanese rite of [...]
Lighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one. Walk into most professional photographer’s studios and you’ll be confronted with truckloads of lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer it’s enough to make your mind boggle – and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost of it [...]
In this reader quick tip one of our forum readers Boscopix (see their Flickr account here) shares how they set up a great little soft box out of ordinary household objects. The results were pretty cool – enjoy! Ok, this is for all of us that sometimes think you need that new gadget to get [...]