Rogue Lighting Blogs

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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When shooting a portrait, at times you may want a glowing and ethereal look, but only have one speedlight available to light your subject. In this video I show you how to utilize a window and one speedlight to achieve a high-key look that is a great for flattering female subjects!

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Even when using a single speedlight, you have a lot of control over the look and feel of a portrait. You can make an image that is dark, high contrast and dramatic. Or you can make an image that is soft and glowing. 

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