Tag: learning lighting

Home Shoot with Elinchrom Deep Umbrella

Setting up a makeshift ‘studio’ when visiting clients can be problematic. You never know how much space you’re going to get, what the ambient light will be or how much gear you should take to cover all eventualities. For portrait shoots I think I have settled on the ideal combination

A Portable Studio: Part I – The Results

For most of my past studio work I have relied on the lighting provided by the studio that I rent. This has worked out reasonably well: I get to use a variety of different lights, I don’t need to carry lights with me and the cost of purchase, maintenance etc

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It – Shoot 2

This is my second shoot based on the lighting examples provided by Scott Kelby in his book Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It. The first shoot is documented here. This time I’m going for Scott’s 1 light soft glamour set up. In this arrangement I just have my Elinchrom RX 4 and

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It – Shoot 1

The photographer and Photoshop wizard Scott Kelby has written a very informative book called Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It (or how to go from empty studio to finished image) which takes you through 12 studio lighting set ups and how to shoot them as well as giving hints on

Shooting Linzi with One Light

I have photographed Linzi on a number of occasions; she being one of the first people to trust that I would get some half decent images of her even though I was just setting out in portrait photography and had no portfolio to speak of. This time around Linzi wanted some

A Complete Portable Lighting Kit

So after much deliberation and faffing around with various different flash guns (AKA strobes if you’re reading this in the US), triggers and stands here it is – my complete portable lighting kit. It consists of: RF60 Cactus Wireless Flash x 2 V6 Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver Manfrotto Nano Black

One Light, One Model, One Abandoned Place

‘The Gem’ is an abandoned building in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham available to hire for photography. If you catch it at the right time of day it has some great natural light streaming in through the windows. As the days get shorter and the sun is lower in the

Learning While Doing

I’m a great believer that the best way to learn something, whether it be photography or anything else, is to actually do it, make mistakes for sure but understand where you went wrong and try to improve next time. I find it also helps to actually capture your learnings by

Off-Camera Flash with the OM-D: Part III – Flash Settings

In two previous posts on the subject of off-camera flash (OCF) I discussed the kit needed as well as an actual shoot. Since those two posts I’ve discovered the amazing Cactus flash system which I’ve written about here. Prompted by some questions from a reader of this blog I realise

Using Off-Camera Flash Workshop

Previously I discussed some of the problems I felt there were with the portrait photography workshops I had attended over the last 2-3 years. To be clear, I’m not saying any of these were bad, indeed some, if not most, were actually very good. I feel however there is currently

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