How to Rim-Light and Light a Black Product Shot on Black Background

Shooting on a black background can create a great, contrasty image. Shooting a black product on a black background, however, can be tough to get right in camera.

This video from Karl Taylor and Broncolor shows us how to properly rim-light a product to create separation from a black background. The video goes on to show how to light from different angles to create or cancel reflections, as well as how to bring in LED lights from a product by extending an exposure time.


How to Shoot Red Wine with Studio Strobes

Here’s another great lighting setup and walk-through from Karl Taylor as he shoots a bottle and glass of red wine.

He starts with setting up the scene to create warm tones and textures. Then he walks through the lighting setup from the background and accent lights up to the key light as he builds the scene.

Obviously, he’s using Broncolor strobes in the setup but the principles apply across the board with cheaper speedlights and strobes as well.

What’s Different When You’re Freezing Movement with High-Speed Sync?

In this short video, Jared Platt shows how to freeze motion using high-speed sync with the Profoto B1 and B2 heads, which work with TTL flash systems on Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

While he demos the Profoto kit, the same rules apply to smaller speedlight kits and other TTL monolights and flash heads. With purely manual flash communication, however, you are limited to the sync speed of your camera (often around 1/200s) and won’t be able to freeze that motion.

35mm Full Frame, APS-C, and 1.0-Type Sensor Depth of Field Comparison

In this short video, Gary Fong takes a look at full frame, APS-C and 1.0-type cameras to see how the depth of field is affected at the same effective focal lengths.

The challenge, of course, is that you must change the actual focal length of your lens to accommodate the same field of view on cameras with different sensor sizes. Invariably, this changes the depth of field so that the camera with the smaller sensor appears to have a much greater depth of field, while the full frame camera has a much shallower depth of field.

Gary’s demo is a nice practical demonstration of how these different camera sensors provide different images when shooting the same scene from the same position.

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Low Light Portrait Photography Tips

In this short video, Damien Lovegrove explains how to take low light portraits and retain good exposure and tonal range.

In the first shot, Damien uses a tripod and dials in manual exposure compensation to get the tonal range spot on. In the second shot, Damien uses a monopod and multiple light sources, including a rim light to add depth and separation.