Studio Lighting

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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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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New Studio Lighting Workshop Fraser Valley

Studio Lighting Workshop

Do you have plans to have your own studio? Are you considering starting a new photography business and not sure about the studio and lighting requirements? Do you think setting up a studio can be difficult and/or expensive? Or perhaps you want to take professional photos of your products and use your own artistic touch for a better result.

These are a few reasons to enroll in our Studio and Lighting classes. We developed this series of workshops to address these questions and more.

Studio Lighting Workshops Fraser Valley

Studio Lighting Workshops Fraser Valley

Introduction to Studio Photography

This class is an introduction to studio lighting equipment and modifiers. We’ll cover terminology, safety, and uses of strobes, flashes, triggers, etc. in the first part of the class. In the second part of this workshop you will set up a studio and the instructor will guide you through some common set ups. This workshop will give you confidence to “build” a studio environment anywhere you need one!

Prerequisites: None

Duration: Two hours

Tuition fee: $40

One Light Studio set-up

Whether you are using one flash or one strobe, this workshop explores how to take the advantage of your light system by setting it right, use of modifiers such as reflector, gobo, etc. and how to create outstanding light effect in your photos.

In the first part of this class we cover different popular lighting plans and in the second part you will use our studio set-up and a model to take pictures.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Two Light Studio set-up

The Two Light System is the most popular set up. There are many different combinations that you can use. In the first part of this workshop you will learn about key light, fill light, and how they work together to create spectacular results from dramatic light to soft light and everywhere between! The second part of this class is hands-on and you will use our studio and model/s to explore the many possibilities of two light set-ups.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Posing for head shots

There are certain rules for classic feminine, masculine, and business head shots. We’ll cover these rules and also discuss how you can break/modify the rules to develop your own style of photography. In the first part of this class you will learn the rules and guidelines with samples and examples. In the second part of this workshop you will work with models to put the theories into practice and take your own photos as future reference for the principles of posing head shots.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Product Shots in studio

Taking pictures of objects is very different from taking photos of people; both lighting and use of shadow are poles apart. Regardless if you take pictures of small objects such as jewelry or big items, you need to know how to create the third dimension. This class will closely explore taking photos of objects in a studio. It is completely hands on. Your instructor will guide you on how to set the light to create dynamic, compelling images.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Three hours

Tuition fee: $80

 

Save big with Bundle Package:

Enroll in all five classes and the total tuition fees are $380.

You can register for all five Studio and Lighting classes as a Bundle and save big!

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Studio Lighting and Flash photography

Studio Lighting and Flash Photography

During the afternoon segment of our Lifestyle Photography workshop, I realized that Studio Lighting and Flash Photography would make a good topic for our blog posts. After all, photography is all about using light, and is sometimes referred to as painting with light!

Shooting under natural light is totally different from using artificial lights (such as Studio lights or strobes and flashes). Over a series of articles I am going to discuss some very basic plans for Studio Lighting and then go on to explain more complex lighting set ups.

First I want to thank www.strobox.com for their helpful App for iPhone that makes it very easy for me to create the diagrams. Good job guys!

One of the most commonly asked questions about Studio Lighting and Flash Photography 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 on the bron.ch web site. Now you have a better idea of the light that we are going to use.

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.

 

Single Flash Off-camera

Single Flash Off-camera

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.

 

Umbrella in Reflective mode

Umbrella in Reflective mode

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.

Umbrella Shoot-through

Umbrella Shoot-through

Do you have some ideas you’d like to share? We love to hear from you!  Send us your diagrams and photos and we will post them with your name in our articles.

If you are interested in Flash Photography, we are going to have scheduled Indoor Flash Photography workshop for July 21st.

register for indoor flash photography workshop here

Be creative with light,

Ted and Omnilargess Team

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Private Photography Classes for Fraser Valley Have Arrived

Private and small group Photography classes Fraser Valley

Forging ahead with more great news every day, we would like to announce that we are now offering one-on-one and small group, private Photography and Editing classes.

Have you tried to attend a large group class and found it to be either too slow for you or too fast for you?

Do you have specific needs with regards to photography or editing that do not seem to fall into the classes that we have currently listed on our site?

Do you find yourself better able to learn one-on-one or in a small group setting? Our private classes may be just what you are looking for!

Private classes give more time for YOU!

Private classes give more time for YOU!

To get started with our private lessons, we will have you fill out a form, and then meet with you to discuss what your needs are. Once we know the specific areas you need to work on, we can customize a plan just for you! If you would like to learn as a small group of 2 or more people, you can save on the cost of the instruction, as well as have a lesson plan unique to your needs. We welcome businesses or companies looking to hold private group classes for employees or a fun team-building exercise. Other groups who are looking for Private, tailor-made photography or editing classes need look no further!

Small Group photography workshop, Flash photography

Small Group photography workshop, Flash photography

Please visit our Private Classes page to learn how we can meet your instructional needs!

Omnilargess Workshop Team

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