Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

MIT Researchers Develop a Drone that Can Automatically Light Your Subjects for You

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A group of researchers from MIT want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. Set to be on display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they’ve actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot. Read more…

Inspirational Interview Packed Full of Useful Lighting and Photojournalism Tips

Photojournalist Ed Kashi has received many accolades over the course of his photojournalistic career, and in this short interview with Marc Silber, he shares some of what he’s learned about light and the art of photojournalism. Read more…

Clever Trick: Document the Exact Lighting Setup of a Photo Using a Christmas Bulb

When capturing a photograph, something many of us meticulously try to account for is the lighting — more specifically, how much light is coming from what sources.

Using ratios, a bit of rough math and a pen & paper, you could write it down. But sometimes numbers don’t directly translate into results. Here with an ingenious way to properly capture the lighting in a scene is Felix Kunze and Sue Bryce. Read more…

The Inverse Square Law of Light Explained in Simple Terms for Photographers

If the term “inverse square law of light” immediately sets you to hyperventilating as flashbacks of college physics begin playing in your mind’s eye, take a few breaths into that paper bag, calm down, and click play on the video above.

In 6 minutes, Karl Taylor will explain this law and how it affects you specifically as a photographer without overwhelming you in the process. Read more…

BTS: Using Four 400W Strobes to Outshine the Sun and Properly Light a Fighter Jet

Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens was recently invited to shoot at Luke Air Force Base (again) and he didn’t want to miss turning this into an educational opportunity. And so, in the behind the scenes video above, he shows you how he was able to dynamically light up a portrait that involved a fighter pilot and an entire fight jet using only four 400 Watt strobes. Read more…

Pro Tip: How to Keep Ambient Light from Ruining Your Studio Portraits

If you’re new to the world of studio portraiture and you’ve noticed that the skin tones in your photos are often turning out wrong, it’s possible you’re getting color contamination from the ambient lights in your studio — be that a bank of windows or overhead lights.

Lindsay Adler and CreativeLive want to help you clear that up, and so they’ve published this short snippet of their Skin 101 course to explain how best to avoid this issue. Read more…

Tutorial: Simple Butterfly Portrait Lighting Setup Yields Beautiful Results

Butterfly lighting is one of the oldest techniques for lighting a subject. Named for the butterfly-shaped shadow that forms underneath the subject’s nose, this setup is a proven method to ensure your subject is well-lit in a pleasing manner. Read more…

RagLite Looks to Kickstart the World’s First Flexible LED Light Bank

With LED lighting systems growing in popularity for both video and photo use, it’s inevitable some interesting variations of such setups are going to come out. Case in point: behold the RagLite, or as its creators prefer to call it, “the first-ever flexible LED light bank.” Read more…

How I Shot Two Different Lighting Setups Simultaneously for Sports Illustrated

And maintained my own artistic integrity while delivering what the client asked for

May 21, 2014 · Alexis Cuarezma

Strobist Announces Ecosystems 101, Goes Beyond the ‘How’ and Into the ‘Why’

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When it comes to the world of photography lighting education, one name that comes up more than most is Strobist. With the simple tagline, “learn how to light,” photographer David Hobby’s publication has come a long way since its inception in April of 2006… and it went a little further still today. Read more…