How to Set Up Clamshell LIghting

Here’s an old video from Phlearn in which Aaron Nace walks through a clamshell lighting setup. If you’ve never done clamshell lighting before, you’ll appreciate Aaron’s thorough walk-through of the how’s and why’s of setting up and using clamshell lighting.

Keeping with the clamshell theme, below is another take on clamshell lighting from Matt Granger using a clamshell setup outdoors. [Read more…]


Elinchrom Unveils Four New Litemotiv Softboxes

Elinchrom Litemotiv Softboxes

Elinchrom has announced four new softboxes for its Litemotiv range. The new softboxes include:

These Litemotiv softboxes are compatible with all Elinchrom flash heads, including Quadra heads with the Quadra Reflector Adapter MKII. Additionally, the softboxes will accept Profoto flash heads with the EL to Profoto adapter.

They range in price from $1169 to $1420. You can them, along with the new Elinchrom Litemotiv Parabolics here at B&H Photo.

How to Capture Motion with Stroboscopic Lighting

Check out this video from Karl Taylor as he walks through the setup of a stroboscopic sports shot using the Broncolor Scoro packs.

Aside from the lighting setup and programming the intervals into the power packs, the notion of moving the camera during the exposure in order to separate the exposures from the strobes is a very cool technique. As Karl notes, it prevents the strobe exposure from stacking up in areas of the subject that don’t move as much and it also does justice to the composition by separating the subject across the four exposures.

If you’ve never tried stroboscopic or multi-strobe flash photography before, you don’t necessarily need the $10k+ Broncolor Scoro packs. Many system speedlights (e.g., Canon & Nikon) offer a “Multi” mode that will allow you select multiple flash firings during one exposure, along with a frequency rate and power level. Obviously, they are going to be less powerful than the Scoros but can still produce solid stroboscopic results with proper planning.

Check out your flash manual to see if it is compatible.

Quick Video Lighting Breakdown

Video Lighting Sample

One of the things I do outside of this site is serve as the visual director at my church, which affords me plenty opportunities to experiment with different aspects of video production. I recently made a change to our video set that we use for announcement videos and created a diagram to answer some questions I’ve received about what the set looks like. [Read more…]