Rogue Lighting Blogs

Being a photographer includes a list of things that you can do and will do, including, unfortunately, "Murphy's Law". In short, what can go wrong, will go wrong. But not to fear! With the right tools, attitude, and skill set, we as photographers can get past those hurdles, climb those mountains, and capture some great images. This video demonstrates how a confined space isn't exempt from those potential problems, but it also demonstrates how to solve the problems too!

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Utilizing three speedlights gives you a great deal of flexibility for creating a wide range of lighting patterns. You can light the hair, light the face, light the background, use gels and many other combinations for your three lights.

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If there's one thing to know about building a strong portrait portfolio, it's knowing how to capture a great head shot. There will be an occasional abstract portrait client, there may be some sporty portrait clients, but if a photographer is looking to capture new clients, they have to know how to capture a great head shot.

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So what happens when you show up to your location shoot for an engagement, and your head begins spinning because the lighting is terrible? You may think to yourself, "I only have the basics on hand, a camera and flash, what am I going to do!?" Let's talk about how to clean up all those awful orange casts and reroute the light so it's pleasing on your subject...

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When you know how to utilize direction of light and distance of light, you can take similar modifiers and use them for drastically different results.

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In the old days they knew and used this lighting technique: pin point your light on the model and it rocks. This technique was used in both movies and photos but somehow over time it seems that photographers moved towards the bigger light sources.

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We’ve all seen those inviting sunset portraits where lens flare is shining perfectly over the shoulder of the subject exuding warmth and beauty. If only you could capture that magic in a bottle… well in this quick video I’ll show you how to create this effect, in-camera, no matter what the conditions are outside.

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Working with gels is a creative effect that can add mood and drama to your images. In fashion photography, gels can be a useful tool to communicate emotion or to showcase a feature of clothing.

 

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Watch Frank Doorhof show how moving around the model allows you to control the contrast in your scene.  You can easily go from a nice flat lighting to a more contrasty look to a full contrast (low key) setup in seconds.

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One of the things I really love about the FlashBenders is their ability to literally steer the light (bending it). You can bend the FlashBender and create some stunning light patterns on the background or on your model, as far as I know this is the only modifier with this kind of flexibility.

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