Photo reflectors are the perfect tools for shaping photographic light. There are hundreds of reflectors to choose from in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Each one creates a different aesthetic effect.
If you’re a new photographer thinking of moving towards off camera photo lighting the umbrella is not only an inexpensive option, but it’s a great versatile tool to begin experimenting with lighting. Umbrellas are usually the first light modifiers that people buy when they begin shooting with their flash off camera, but they aren't just for amateurs.
Trying to choose which type of light modifier to use for your next shoot really comes down to what effects you want to achieve, along with budget. Just like with lenses, there is no “one size fits all” solution to lighting. When it comes to working with your studio lights, you’ll need to select the right tool for your project.
Starting to build a photographer’s arsenal of ever changing, high-tech (and, not to mention, expensive) tools can be a daunting task. Although the list of tools and accessories, camera lenses, camera bodies, lens babies and more that a photographer can (and probably should) employ is truthfully endless, here’s a list of 5 must-haves for every photographer.
It’s quite easy to assume that studio lighting is too complicated or too expensive for anyone but the true professionals, but this really is not the case. With some basic photo lighting equipment and a spare room you can capture beautiful images. Not only are you no longer at the mercy of the weather and time of day, but you also have the option of controlling light to suit your wishes.
Many photographers think because they’re shooting outdoors, they can’t control the light. However, controlling light outdoors is even easier than working in a studio environment and requires even less equipment.
Light. Of all the considerations a photographer must grapple with in life, light is the only constant. Shooting with manufactured lighting in a studio setting brings with it the same problems as you would face outside with the sun, but the techniques used to modify studio lighting are significantly different from the ones used outdoors.
Summer is great for the beach, picnics, softball games and eating watermelon, but it can also be the worst time of year for making good pictures. A photographer must find creative ways to cope with the particular challenges of the longest and most beautiful days of the year.
With the explosion of wireless technology, online selling and shopping has become a multi-billion dollar industry whose currency is photography. Product photos advertise everything imaginable, from guitars to electronics to clothing. As new standards of visual advertising become mainstream the demand for ever-more-impressive images continues to grow.
A softbox is an indispensable tool in a photographer’s bag of tricks. They are easy to set up, simple to use and easy to dismantle. They’ll give you years of exceptional use and most of all; your clients will love the results.
Leaving the studio to shoot on location can be exciting, fun, and is always a challenge. Yet there's a danger associated with travel. Have you ever arrived to a location shoot and realized with horror that you've forgotten some essential piece of gear? I have and let me tell you that it’s not a fun place to be.