Lighting

Workshop: Rosanne Olson on Analyzing—and Recreating—Every Kind of Light

Posted by on Tuesday February 27, 2018 | Lighting

A portrait lighting replication exercise, based on a portrait of actor Yul Brynner, from Rosanne Olson's "ABCs of Beautiful Light" workshop. ©Ulrica Lindstrom

Commercial and fine-art photographer Rosanne Olson recalls that when she started her career as a newspaper photographer, “I knew nothing about lighting.” Everything changed when she took a lighting workshop with Gregory Heisler, who taught her and other students “to work simply and with minimal lighting equipment,” and to blend strobe with ambient light. Olson... More

Use Diffusion for Maximum Flexibility on Lighting Effects

Posted by on Tuesday November 28, 2017 | Lighting

The photography duo The Voorhes are known for still lifes that show their pinpoint control of lighting. When shooting food or other subjects that call for diffused light, they rarely use a softbox. Adam Voorhes prefers a different lighting technique: putting a strobe with a reflector behind a 3×4-foot diffusion panel. “We can move [the... More

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

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