STUDIO LIGHTING miniWORKSHOP: review

A while back, I did a short workshop/demo at our studio and just had fun with a couple of great models.   Here are the techniques I demonstrated and new ones I experimented with!  If you have any questions, leave a comment below. LOOK #1 One of the basic things you should be able to do is control for the ambient light;  i.e. make it disappear and then make the light in the exposure only from your lights.  This gives you maximum control over the photo.   So even though our studio is white, I can get backgrounds like the …

single shot: rainy couple

Sometimes when I’m going out on a shoot without an assistant, and I have to walk around a few locations where a roller bag doesn’t work (or is too big to bring into Wrigley Field!), I try to pack as much potential into my shoulder bag as I can.   Here’s what I brought: A photo posted by Brian Powell (@brianpowell) on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:17am PDT This collapsible 43″ umbrella from Wescott packs down so small, I never leave for a shoot without it now.  On an engagement shoot in Chicago, it was raining off and on — …

single shot: winter couple

This week’s post will be a series within my blogging where I just show 1 photo and explain how I shot it, did the lighting, the post processing, etc.  Hope it’s helpful! Here’s the final shot: Before we went out on this shoot, I tweeted a bit of shoot-planning strategy for the winter photogs out there: So this shot was towards the end, after some fake snow dusting on their hair and shoulders had already melted.. their noses were a little red.. and their eyes and nose a little runny perhaps.   But in a WIDE shot, when their faces …

Speedlight workshop: Orlando wrap-up and review

2-light headshots for crossfit staff, 7:30am yo A photo posted by Brian Powell (@brianpowell) on Jul 7, 2014 at 4:07pm PDT Here’s a wrapup from my trip to Orlando last year.  Finally! The morning after I arrived, we set up a quick and simple 2-light headshot spot in the back alley of Luke’s crossfit box. We created the typical black-background-out-thin-air by using the interior of the gym behind the open bay door. Key light was the 28″ Apollo indirect softbox, and rim was just a bare flash clamped to a weight stand or something  (You can see them in the …

How To Light A Photobooth

The photobooth, fun booth, crazy booth, funky booth, whatever you want to name yours…  it’s a super fun and very popular addition to any event.  As a photographer, I’ve been setting them up at a lot of wedding receptions the last few years, but also some charity events, sorority houses, and even middle school dances.   A few people have been asking me (for a while now) to do a writeup on the setup and the lighting, so here goes! SPACE & VENUE CONSIDERATIONS:   I typically have my huge 9′ wide seamless ‘super white’ roll of paper (Savage brand) …

Speedlight Workshop; NYC and Indy wrap-up

We had a couple of great groups for these last two speedlight workshops, and I wanted to show some of the things we did up in Brooklyn and down in Indy.  Stay tuned for an Orlando area workshop on July 27, which I’ll post tomorrow, and info on Philly for Sept. 20th will come out later this summer.  Still looking for a winter location!  I’m looking at you, California  ;) First, some BTS of NYC: That’s me explaining that whatever size umbrella you put up, make sure that you fill it up with light!   I see a lot of …

Lighting for Weddings: wrap-up and review

Hey all; I just wanted to review some things we did at the workshops this spring.  This post will focus on the wedding lighting workshop, and then I’ll do another wrapup on the Speedlight Workshops from NYC and Indy.  Stay tuned for workshop info for Orlando on July 27 (registration this week), and Philly on September 20 (registration in July).  It’s bound to not rain one of these times! Let’s get right to it: BOUNCING FLASH is one of the most indispensable lighting techniques you can have in your events bag.  And I’m not talking about those silly little cards and flags people attach …