Watch a Face Change While Moving Light Position

We know lighting can change the overall mood and feel of images. It is also amazing just how much it can change the appearance of a person. In this teaser for Opale’s Sparkles and Wine music video, the cinematographer moves the light source rapidly around the face of the star, which causes her face to change as you watch it. [Read more...]

Amazon Patents Studio Photography on Seamless White Background

Amazon Patent Seamless White Background copy

Amazon has had some pretty revolutionary ideas over the years. The Kindle is awesome. Prime is a great service. And drone delivery may be on the horizon. However, Amazon has gone a bit too far with one of its latest “inventions.”

Amazon Technologies, Inc. (a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.) has legitimately patented studio the common studio photography method of photographing subjects on a seamless white background using a cyclorama and the USPTO actually granted the patent. [Read more...]

4 Lighting Tutorial Videos from Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been working on a multi-part series of lighting tutorials for Broncolor. He just published the fourth video in the series on YouTube.

In the fourth video, he shows off some expert dual flash techniques by using a long exposure in a dark studio to fire strobes at different times while removing modifiers in the dark. Really smart stuff.

You can see part one above and the next three in the series are below.  [Read more...]

Ortery’s Photobench Delivers Perfectly Isolated-on-White Photos

Ortery

Have you ever tried shooting product images isolated on white backgrounds? Building a set from scratch can be challenging, and unless you nail everything just right, it can be quite frustrating. Minor exposure imperfections can lead to a ton of time in Photoshop trying to correct your failures.

Enter the Ortery Photobench. [Read more...]

Joe McNally Breaks Down Outdoor Portrait with 3 Speedlights and High F-stop

This short video from Joe McNally breaks down how to use three speedlights for an outdoor portrait with a lot of depth of field. It’s a little heavy on the ads for Adorama, but still a nice 3 minute video with some great little lighting nuggets inside.

If you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend his book The Hot Shoe Diaries, which is packed with a ton of lighting nuggets like this.