Category: Lighting Tips

Using Gels For Colored Backgrounds 3

Using Gels For Colored Backgrounds

One of the things I hear that people really struggle with is how to use gels to make colored backgrounds. Why would we want to do this? Well, because sometimes a basic single color...

Quick Tip: Storing Speedlite Gels 6

Quick Tip: Storing Speedlite Gels

I actually like using gels on my speedlites but the biggest hassle has always been how to store them effectively. At a recent shoot, my Strobist Gell Kit had an unfortunate incident which resulted...

Single Light Portraits – Yes You Can! 4

Single Light Portraits – Yes You Can!

Since I launched the Blackbelt Lighting Products the most common question I get asked is “How many lights do I need?”. The problem is there is no simple answer to that, except that I...

Photo Project 24 – A Light in the Sky 1

Photo Project 24 – A Light in the Sky

We are somewhere in the middle of nowhere, we haven’t seen a city in what seems like ages. We are only seeing another car about once every 15-20 minutes. Yet again we are completely...

Photo Project 24 – Uncovered Wagon 1

Photo Project 24 – Uncovered Wagon

As the Sun disappeared over the horizon, there was barely a glow over the distance mountains when we came upon this old covered wagon. We knew this was going to be the shot we...

Photo Project 24 #6 – The Accidental Ghost Town 1

Photo Project 24 #6 – The Accidental Ghost Town

Unfortunately there is a chain link fence surrounding this structure and while we could have shot through it at pointblank range and it would basically disappear, we really wanted a clean view, although this...

Single Light Portrait Setup 3

Single Light Portrait Setup

When you are learning how to use lighting it is best to start off with a single light source and really learn how to master what you can get with that. Your next best...

Video: How to use a Light Meter 18

Video: How to use a Light Meter

With the recent articles we have done on portrait lighting and the use of light meters we have had a bunch of requests to do an actual demonstration of how to use a meter in an actual real-world environment.

In this video Kerry demonstrates using a simple light meter in a product shoot.

Using manual flashes with PC Sync 0

Using manual flashes with PC Sync

We have done a number of articles with different flash heads but we have never gone into the detail of how to set them up and make them work, this results in emails that we sit and explain all the details to people. So today I am going to go through how to setup these studio flashes and connect them to your camera to get the results you want.

Inexpensive Studio Lighting 7

Inexpensive Studio Lighting

Sure a nice set of Alien Bee’s may be in your Amazon wish-list waiting for you to win the lottery in order to afford them. If you are just getting started, you don’t need to spend that kind of money on some basic lighting.

If you aren’t an avid eBay’er, this isn’t a bad time to get started, but you can find all of the components you need at your local stores.