Studio Lighting Simplified!

Have you ever systematically tested each main light modifier you own to see the exact lighting characteristics it produces? Or are you like most photographers and get a new light box and are in such a hurry to use you set up and start shooting, without every really understanding the best way to use it?  In my new DVD, I show you exactly how to test each light as well as your “fill” to know the exact results you will get in your final portraits.

Studio lighting is such an important part of what we do, and yet so many photographers get to point that they have more or less “mastered” lighting and then they get lazy and use the same lighting with each and every session and the sad thing is “their” traditional lighting is very similar to what every student, soccer mom and mall photographer uses. In today’s competitive profession, you have to offer clients different styles of portraits, created by different style of lighting that the less educated photographers can not!  In our studio we butterfly lighting, ring lighting, spot, parabolic (beauty dish), corrective lighting and more elegant/glamorous style of traditional lighting in each session.  I want to create portraits that others in my area can not and won’t because they are lazy. In this new DVD we demonstrate all of these main light sources!

The single biggest complaint I get from photographers is about having to take so much time metering their lighting every time they change a pose and then worrying about white balance.  These photographers complain about being more focused on setting up their lighting than on posing or their subject in general.  As we have already discussed, you must test your lighting to know exactly where you want to place it for the desired result. The next step is learning to string your light to quickly measure the distance of each light so metering isn’t necessary.

White balance in a studio situation is a simple process.  Use the same brand, power output and age of flash tube in every light that will be a main light source (soft box, parabolic, spot, etc.)  This assures the color temperature is the same no matter which main light source you use.  You white balance once with any main light source and if you follow this you will have white balanced for every main light source.  When you use these techniques your lighting is precise and yet very fast to set up for the desired result.

Take control of your lighting order YOUR DVD TODAY!  http://www.jeffsmithphoto.com/studio-lighting

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~ by jeffsmithbooks on September 24, 2010.

One Response to “Studio Lighting Simplified!”

  1. Hi Jeff, Do you have any snippets of this that we can preview? I know you had a short preview of your outdoor lighting DVD. Thanks.

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