Lighting

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

Posted by on Wednesday October 11, 2017 | Lighting

Sunday night in Propaganda, one of the popular discos in Moscow. ©Gerd Ludwig

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

Gerd Ludwig on His “Invisible Flash” Technique

Posted by on Thursday September 29, 2016 | Lighting, PDN Video Picks

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... 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

The New Power Couple: Phottix Indra500 and Odin II

Posted by on Monday August 15, 2016 | Camera, Lighting, Photo Gear

Sponsored by Phottix Though Cliff Mautner only occasionally used artificial lighting for the first 15 years of his career as a photojournalist, it has been paramount to his repertoire for the last 15-plus years as a wedding photographer. Mautner is known for his mastery of balancing light, having photographed close to 1,000 weddings in various settings around the world.... More

Cutting the Cord with the Broncolor Siros L

Posted by on Monday August 8, 2016 | Lighting

(Sponsored) For the last 25 years I have worked as a photographer as well as assisted many photographers. During that time, the technology and equipment used has changed greatly. But the one thing that hasn’t changed, is the client’s demand for quality images! Quality images for me can mean many different things: accurate color fidelity,... More

Your Favorite New Travel-Friendly Beauty Dish

Posted by on Wednesday June 29, 2016 | Lighting

Learn how Grimes used the Rapid Box Beauty Dish to get this shot with the below Character-Driving Portrait tip.

Sponsored by Westcott Joel Grimes has spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a portrait and beauty photographer for top advertising clients. One of Canon’s Explorers of Light and a prolific workshop leader, he’s revered for his lighting expertise—a skill that’s taken him on assignment to more than 50 countries around the world.... More

Top Lights and Modifiers Built for Road Work

Posted by on Monday June 27, 2016 | Lighting

Portable lights and modifiers are a great asset for the traveling photographer, or for those tight on space in the studio. And while we’ve written roundups on the top lighting tools, like these seven key light modifiers for your studio and these 12 lights for stills and motion in the past, we thought we’d share a recent... More

Ultimate Mobility, Power, and Control with the Siros L (Sponsored)

Posted by on Monday May 23, 2016 | Lighting

(by Erik Valind) As a location photographer, there’s few things in life that I enjoy more then shooting at an amazing location, and then facing the unpredictable conditions that come with it. Due to the unpredictability of working outdoors, I’ve become a big lighting guy mostly out of necessity. Whether I’m dealing with scrims and... More

Sponsored: Kickstarter Deadline is Near! New SoftPanels LED Lights that Offer a Color Meter Built into Every Light

Posted by on Friday May 6, 2016 | Lighting

Hollywood, California – May 6th, 2016  – Time is running short for backing SoftPanels innovative new LED lights with a color meter built into every light. Their highly successful Kickstarter campaign, which is offering their breakthrough lights at a fraction of the price of traditional LED lights, will end at 1pm PST on Sunday, May... More