Photographer Gerd Ludwig is a lighting master with TTL strobe lights. He uses them in unusual and unpredictable ways to direct the the viewer’s eye through his photographs, convey a sense of place, and define his visual style. Yet his strobe lights are all but invisible, blending with available light sources. In this video, Ludwig explains the basics of his technique. He shows how he has applied it to images from his various assignments for National Geographic magazine, including a story about nightlife in Moscow. The images are also featured in his forthcoming book called minus 2/3: The Invisible Flash. (“minus 2/3” refers to Ludwig’s frequent TTL flash setting, which he uses to avoid overexposure that often results from full-power settings.) The book, which will ship in December, features 100 images with flash settings, color gel information, and other lighting details about each image. Ludwig will also be teaching his techniques at a seminar called “The Invisible Strobe—Updated” at PhotoPlus Expo on October 20.

(WARNING: The video shows nudity that may be uncomfortable for some viewers.)


COMMENTS

MORE POSTS

Tuesday’s Tip: Lighting a Large Group Portrait

Posted by on Tuesday November 21, 2017 | Lighting

Chris Patey says he learned from Art Streiber how to make portraits of large groups that appear lit by big, beautiful window light from the side. The technique, he says, is to “push” light from several sources so the overall effect is even, consistent light across the entire group of subjects. Patey places the light... More

PhotoPlus Preview: Gerd Ludwig’s Tips for Making Strobe Light Nearly Invisible

Posted by on Wednesday October 11, 2017 | Lighting

National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig is a master of TTL-flash photography, which he uses in striking ways to illuminate subjects and emphasize his message. At the same time, he avoids the obvious “strobe look,” making images that appear (almost) to be lit entirely by ambient light—even when he’s shooting in near-darkness. In his PhotoPlus Expo... More

Photokina 2016: Profoto Releases Pro-10

Posted by on Tuesday September 20, 2016 | Lighting, Photo Gear

Fast on the heels of the D2 announcement and Sony partnership, Profoto has another fast flash to show off at Photokina 2016: the Pro-10 studio generator. The Pro-10 will offer flash durations as fast as 1/80,000 (t.05) of a second and 2400 W/s of power output. Power is adjustable over an 11 stop range in 1/10th... More