About the tutorial video Creative Lighting for People Photography
* Video duration is 120 minutes
* Video quality is HD 1280 x 720p h.264 Apple Quicktime Player (free download)
* High-speed/broadband internet required to download the 1.8 Gigabyte video file
* Light with only 1 & 2 inexpensive mono-lights
* Learn how to use 17 different lighting modifiers
* Complete lighting diagrams with in-depth commentary of all 50 images
* Behind-the-scenes video footage of 27 model shoots
* My custom camera settings and post production PhotoShop work-flow
* Inexpensive and DIY Lighting Modifiers including a new DIY Ring-flash
* Modifiers include Lighting Panels, V-banks, 48" Octabox, 22" Beauty Dish, Reflectors and various Grids
* White Balance, sRGB vs. 16 bit Prophoto, Monitor Calibration, Film Effects and Skin Softening plugins
I created the lighting tutorial video that I would have wanted when attending photography school. This video examines fashion, glamour, and portrait lighting using just 1 or 2 light sources. Follow me as I comment on the lighting diagrams and watch a behind-the-scenes video of the 18 models photographed. This video spans what I have learned over the last 20+ years of shooting and modifying the light quality of my studio flash units to a give a 3-dimensional and cinematic light quality.
I use both traditional light modifiers and also several custom built modifiers. It is important to understand that lighting modifiers do not necessarily have to be expensive; they just have to work consistently under varying environments. In fact, I use an inexpensive brand of mono-head flash units to create the images both in the video and for my commercial portfolio.
The specific light modifiers discussed include the 22” Beauty Dish w/Grid, Modified 48” Octabox w/Grid, a DIY Ring-light, Strobe Head w/7” Grid, Strobe Head Bare-bulb, Strobe Head w/Reflector, 4 different versions of the V-Bank, and several flat panel variants. Each image in the video uses a different combination of the modifiers to demonstrate the degree of flexibility they can offer the photographer.
As a commercial photographer, I prefer to have visual explanations, and that is the format for all the tutorials. Rather than focusing on technical aspects related to digital photography, this video is about LIGHTING. The inspiration for this video was to teach LIGHTING, not Photoshop or how to fix it later. Show me the lights, the modifiers, and toss in a few tips on when to use these lights.