In these videos, Joe McNally walks through the basics of TTL flash, including lighting ratios and high-speed sync. He’s specifically talking about Profoto’s Air TTL system; however, these principles apply to smaller speedlights from Canon, Nikon and other manufacturers. [Read more…]
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.
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.
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.
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…]