How to Get the Most Out of the Lastolite 8-in-1 Umbrella

In the above video, photographer Mark Cleghorn walks us through several of the uses of Lastolite’s 8-in-1 Umbrella.

Mark uses a pair of speedlights with the umbrella, as well as an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit for background lighting on location.

Here’s a list of the eight configurations possible with the Lastolite 8-in-1:

Lastolite 8-in-1

 

The Lastolite 8-in-1 Umbrella runs $129.99. You can find it here at B&H Photo.

How to Get a Still Image From a Video Using Photoshop

You can use Photoshop to extract quality still images from videos. Most video cameras nowadays (including smartphones) shoot 1080 HD video, which yields a single frame of 1920 x 1080 – or about 2MP.

There are a number of ways to pull still images from video clips and even ways to increase the resolution when you combine frames. Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to do so in the above video.

BTS Video with Dave Hill on the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition Fiat Ad

Here’s pretty cool inside look at Dave Hill’s photo shoot with FIAT for the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition. He shot 4 days to get 4 photos for these ads. The camera of choice was a Hasselblad H3D.

The compositing of the final images combined several days of 12-14 hours of editing in Photoshop and using Cinema 4D to render the shadows. It’s a real, big-budget shoot with a full crew to make cutting edge commercial ad photography.

As a bonus factoid, the entire BTS documentary was shot with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

[via Fstoppers]