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 …

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 …

Speedlight Workshop #5: Orlando

I’m excited to announce another Speedlight Workshop that’s coming up next month!   This time we’ll be in the Orlando area, with the CrossFit Winter Park gym as our base: We’ll follow the intensive, long-day schedule of 10a-10pm EST on Sunday, July 27, 2014  (rough itinerary below): 9:40am–studio opens, meet and greet. 10am–start whiteboard session in gym. We’ll review some foundational lighting concepts, cover the main pros and cons of speedlight versus studio strobes, etc. 12:15pm–break for lunch (bag it, order it, or walk down the street). 1:00p–whiteboard session #2, covering the how-to parts of small flash lighting. 1:45p–gear and grip overview. 2:30pm–mixing …

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 …

How ND filters work. And how they don’t?

Yohan is not sure this is fun: Without rehashing the whole internet discussion I had, I wanted to post a quick lighting demo that illustrates the point I was trying to make with words.  For some reason I felt compelled to combat lighting misconceptions on the interwebs, which I quickly found out is an uphill battle too large for little ole me!  My bad, guys.  I’ll stick to the people that actually want to learn and stop wasting my time on everyone else. Right after this one  ;) The image in question was a nicely lit portrait of a young …

Speedlight Workshop #4: Indianapolis!

This is going to be short for now, because I’m trying to catch a plane today to workshop #3 in NYC!   But thank you to Katie and others who have asked me to do one in Indy — super excited to spend a day with you and lighting  :) WHAT:  one-day intensive small-flash lighting workshop WHO:  photographers that want to dive into the strobist world of off-camera lighting, mostly for portraits.  Being comfy with shooting in manual mode is recommended, but not absolutely necessary. WHY:  Because you need to, you want to, you’re excited to explore and learn… or …