Studio light and set up rental Fraser Valley

NEW RENTAL SECTION

Changes in Our Rental Section  

I am happy to announce that I started a partnership with Ruckify for our photography rental section. 

Ruckify is an online store that works on rentals. They provide straightforward steps for everyone to rent anything from the participated stores. Their online application form is easy to follow, and their customer service passed my expectation. 

NEW AND IMPROVED PHOTOGRAPHY RENTAL SECTION

The procedure is effortless; You choose a camera, lens or a bundle, add them to your cart and pay the rental fee online. That is all there is to it. 

Then come and pick up the items from our office. 

If you are busy, Ruckify offers delivery as well; of course, there is a shipping fee. You pay the shipping fee, and they bring the items to you. How cool is that! 

Feel free to check my rental selections in Ruckify.

To promote the new collaboration, Ruckify created a promo code when you use Ruckify for the first time. Use the promo code OMNI and save $35 Ruckify dollars on your first rental.

To check our new Photography Rental Section, click the link below and select your new rental gear! 

Let me know how you like the new Rental Department, and send me your feedback. The reviews will help me to make your rental experience more effortless.

Partnership with Ruckify

New partnership with Ruckify to improve our rental section.
New partnership with Ruckify to improve our rental section.

Pro Photography Gear in New Rental Section

Professional lens and cameras in our rental department.
Professional lens and cameras in our rental department.

Omnilargess Training Program

Upcoming Photography Classes

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Event Venue Date
Beginners Photography Bootcamp High Street Office
  • February 2, 2023 6:00 pm
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Vancouver Skyline at Night Totem Poles at Brockton Point
  • February 18, 2023 5:00 pm
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TOFINO BC PHOTO TOUR Tofino, BC
  • February 24, 2023 4:00 pm
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Landscape Photography Workshop Maple Ridge Dyke
  • April 1, 2023 8:00 am
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Nitobe Garden Photo Walk Nitobe Garden
  • April 22, 2023 10:00 am
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Digital Camera Crash Course 2023 High Street Office
  • April 29, 2023 9:30 am
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LAC DU BOIS PHOTO TOUR Lac du Bois, British Columbia
  • May 5, 2023 4:00 pm
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LEARN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY High Street Office
  • June 15, 2023 6:00 pm
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Chasing Shadows High Street Office
  • June 17, 2023 9:00 am
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Youth Summer Photography Program High Street Office
  • July 12, 2023 2:00 pm
Register

That is all for now. I hope that you like our new rental section. As always, check our Upcoming Classes for exciting photography classes.

Stay tuned for my next photography Tips. We love to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions; feel free to send us your questions, and we will be more than happy to answer them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Free Tutorials and Tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Studio Light Tutorial

Studio Light Tutorial 

One Light Portrait Shooting

Photo Tip Friday June 20, 2014

During the afternoon segment of my Outdoor Photography workshop on June 14, I realized that studio lighting would make a good topic for my Photo Tip Friday articles. After all, photography is all about using light, and is sometimes referred to as painting with light!

Here it is, June already, the month to gear up and get ready for another busy year! Summer is here for one part of the world and Winter for the other part. Here on the west coast of Canada we’ve had a very, very nice Spring which felt like Summer all along!

On June 14 I taught a workshop in Outdoor Photography Location and a great time was had by all.  We started off working with the ambient light, and how to use the elements in outdoor photography with more creativity. Here are some of photos from the workshop taken by Alicia M. Thank you Alicia for sharing your photos with us!

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Shooting under natural light is totally different from using Studio Lights (artificial lights). Over a series of Studio Light Tutorial I am going to discuss some very basic plans and then go on to explain more complex lighting set ups.

 

One of the most commonly asked questions about studio light is: “What kind of light should I use?” I found this helpful web site where you can compare the effects of different lights shapers. I really encourage you to take a look at this web site and spend some time getting familiar with the nature of light and the light shaping abilities of each tool. Now you can make the right decision about your set up.

 

We all understand on-camera flash photography, bounce flash, diffusers of different shapes and sizes, etc. Here we are going to cover the off-camera settings. Some cameras have a built in wireless flash. You can also use a radio wave trigger which is very convenient and reliable.

Let’s start with a single light and see what our options are. Compare the differences in intensity of light between direct flash, bounce umbrella and shoot through umbrella with the example photos.

One Light Studio Portrait

In this diagram we have one single directional flash. Although this article is not about posing, you can see by posing your model on an angle toward the light you can create a better effect.

 

One Studio Light (Direct)

One Studio Light (Direct)

Single Studio Light and Bounce Umbrella

In the diagram below you can use the same single side light, but by using an umbrella you create a softer shadow and a pleasant highlight.

One Studio Light (Bounce Umbrella)

One Studio Light (Bounce Umbrella)

 

Single Studio Light with Shoot Through Umbrella

Now try the same set up but with a shoot through umbrella. You will notice that your light source gets wider which will result a more natural looking highlight and softer shadow. It almost looks like sunlight coming through a big window.

One Studio Light (Shoot Through Umbrella)

One Studio Light (Shoot Through Umbrella)

That is all for this Friday. Stay tuned for more tips on Fridays!

 

Need a Studio Light to practice these techniques? 

No problem! You can rent one of our Pro Studio Lights. For more information please contact our Rental Department.

Be creative with light,
Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Shooting Still Object Techniques

Shooting Still Object Techniques

How to shoot still objects at home.

Photo Tip Friday April 25, 2014

So you want to shoot still objects, such as jewelry, art pieces, statues or some other products, and naturally want to make the best possible photos.

Do you need special equipment to shoot this project?
As a matter of fact tools and equipment are there to help us finish our job faster and easier, but more importantly are the techniques. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to use simple household equipment to shoot still objects. Of course if you have a bigger project you can always rely on our rental equipment and rent the tools to make the shoot much easier.

For this article I am going to use a Nikon DSLR camera, Nikon AF 50mm f1.4 lens, a tripod, a regular flashlight, and this statue.

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Shooting still objects with Light Painting Technique

First things first, we are going to use the flashlight as our source of light. So get ready by turning off all the lights, turn on your flashlight, and use a grey card to make a custom White Balance for this light. I set the statue on a table and my camera on a tripod. I composed the image the way I want, pre-focused the lens and set the camera to Manual Focus to keep the focus locked.

Now the fun begins! I set my camera to BULB mode, ISO 200, f11, attached a shutter release (or set the wireless shutter trigger), turned off the light, turned on my flash light, released the shutter and started to paint the statue with flash light. I started at the top and moved downward for 10 seconds. Here is the result:

Light painting for 10 seconds

Light painting for 10 seconds

Not bad, but I wanted to be more creative and started to play with different angles and even shining the flash light from behind the statue to the front to create a new dimension.

More creative light painting to add more depth

More creative light painting to add more depth

Then I changed the background to white as I want to make some High key images with dramatic shadows, so I painted light only on one side of the subject. It looks just like there was a sun beam hitting the statue!

Changing Background

Changing Background

Changing Background and light direction

Changing Background and light direction

Then I wanted to try another subject and I chose my coffee mug:

Painting light from above to  the sides

Painting light from above to the sides

The possibilities are endless and you can have lots of fun taking photos of items around your house as you experiment and learn more about creative lighting.

If these experiments generate interest to learn even more, we are going to have a Studio Product Shooting Workshop. Be sure to check out the course description for more info.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team
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Photography Equipment rental list

Photography equipment Rental List

An updated List of our rentals

We just updated our Photography Equipment Rental list. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Flash Vs Strobe

Flash vs. Strobe

Part 1

Photo Tip Friday, November 29

My apologies for not having a Photo Tip Friday section for the last two weeks. I’ve been kept busy with setting up the rental department as well as with private lessons – but a promise is a promise and so here we go with Photo Tip Friday!

Flash versus strobe – which is better?

This is a popular question among photographers and probably one of the hottest arguments as well!  Let me shed some light (yes, pun intended) on this often debated subject.

The variables for flash and for strobe are similar: they have comparable duration and colour temperature, with adjustable power settings.  The best way to understand the main difference between flash and strobe is with a few examples. In this article we’ll look at how the light behaves, from flash and strobe as sources.

 

For both photos the camera is on a tripod and the camera settings are the same: 1/100s, f 8, ISO 200, White Balance to “Flash”. I powered down the strobe to 1/8 of its power to match the flash output. Flash and strobe were fired using a radio trigger.

 

Using Flash

Using Flash

 

 

Using Strobe

Using Strobe

 

It’s easy to see the light from the flash created a very contrasty image with harsh shadows and highlights, whereas the light from strobe created a much softer image with more of the light wrapping around the subject.  Just look at these close-up images.

 

Flash Vs Strobe

Flash Vs Strobe

Flash photo Zoomed

Flash photo Zoomed

Strobe Photo Zoomed

Strobe Photo Zoomed

What is the reason for this dramatic difference?

It is all about the size: the larger the light source the more even light it creates. That is why photographers love overcast days; the clouds act as a large diffuser for the sun  and provide beautiful wrap-around lighting.

Do you want flattering, natural looking light? Consider using a strobe instead of flash!

Portrait using strobe

Portrait using strobe

Don’t let our attractive model distract you! I took this photo using a strobe with a 40” Octobox and this simple light plan. Just one large octobox can create a fabulous portrait!

Simple Studio set up

Simple Studio set up

 

Do you need to rent a studio lighting system? Stay tuned for more exciting news about our rental department opening in January 2014.

Do you want to learn more about Studio lighting? Be sure to register for our studio lighting workshop.

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Photography Equipment Rental Fraser Valley

Photography Equipment Rental Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

Studio Equipment Rental (just to start)

As promised we are moving forward with plans to expand our photography services for the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley BC. We’ve received daily inquiries about studio equipment rentals from previous students as well as other interested photographers. With this much interest, we have decided to open our Studio Rental department.

Starting January 2014 our rental department will be open for convenient photography equipment rental such as studio lights, light modifiers, stands, wireless triggers, different color backdrops (cloth only to start) and many more items, with easy processing steps and competitive rates.

Studio and photography equipment rentals Fraser Valley

Studio and photography equipment rentals Fraser Valley

We’re excited because this is good news for Lower Mainland photographers! No more need for a long drive into Vancouver, pay the toll, and waste precious time in traffic to rent studio lights and equipment. We are conveniently located here in the heart of Fraser Valley!

We’ll be offering top of the line strobes in different power outputs, various sizes of soft boxes, light banks, stands, backdrops, etc. The Rental page and booking information will be live in late December of this year for you to begin reserving studio equipment for your photography needs in 2014.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

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