Capturing the Hottest Kiss in the World

Photographers Dallas Nagata White and Ed White hiked to a lava flow in Kalapana, Hawaii to capture some images with lava and the night sky in one image. When they arrived on location, it began to rain and they decided to try shooting with some speedlights instead.

After capturing some fantastic images of the group they hiked with as well as some “here’s me in front of lava photos” of themselves, Ed told Dallas they need one more and dipped her for the kiss shot.

[Dallas Nagata White via ISO1200]


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.