What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares a set of bare heads with a selection of Light Shaping Tools. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!
Drama or more drama? That was the question for our portrait of recording artist Ben Thompson. Of course, adding softboxes or umbrellas to our lights was out of the question. So we started our portrait with bare heads all around. This lighting set up was a basic three light set up with a Zoom Reflector.
Felix Shumack is an Aussie photographer, based in the UK, with a passion for sports. He began his career back in Sydney as an assistant. Since 2013, he calls London his home and focuses on portrait, action and sports photography. And that is where this story begins. “I love working with athletes that love what they do”, says Felix.
This shoot is the first part of Felix’s personal project called The Grind, a project with an aim to further develop his visual style and grow his portfolio of sports imagery. “I would describe my photographic style as intense and atmospheric. I always shoot on location with controlled light to create imagery full of texture and dynamic range”, he says. “The Grind is about capturing that which drives an athlete to suffer for what they love.”
Felix began the planning of the project by interviewing an athlete, in this case talented amateur mountain biker Ben Spear, to understand the feelings and emotions he has to master to succeed in his sport. “In the interview, Ben talked about overcoming the ‘fear factor’ and mastering the technical aspects of breaking, timing and balance. I used these comments to create the different scenarios for the shoot.“
What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt tries freezing motion with the High-Speed Sync. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!
Here is the scenario (that is all too common): You are shooting outside on a sunny day. You are shooting with the sun behind your subject, so she is not staring into a bright ball of flame and being front lit by the harshest light in existence. This means you need to use a flash.
So you set your shutter speed between 1/125 and 1/250 of a second (depending on your camera body), you dial down your ISO to 50 or 100, and you set your aperture at the required f number for the depth of field you need.
Now it’s time to test the ambient settings you just dialed in. With a little flash, the bad lighting on the subject will be fixed. But that sky is far too bright, and so is the tree line.
This means that you need to either sacrifice your f stop, come back when it is not so bright, or pretend you meant to take a photo with a white sky. None of those options are ever really all that appealing. But thanks to High-Speed Sync, there is a fourth, much more appealing option.
TheNortherners Exhibition, UK based portrait photographer Rory Lewis’s personal project, is a collection of portraits from a cross section of Northern Celebrities: sports personalities, actors and politicians. In this article we get to follow Rory behind the scenes for one of the photo shoots, this one with famous actor Patrick Stewart.
Rory Lewis passion for shooting actors and celebrities started with his Northerners Exhibition in 2012; his first major portraiture project. The whole theme of the project was to photograph actors and celebrities that came from the same area as Rory himself, the North of UK.
“I began to write letters to the agents of all the actors and celebrities I wanted to include in the project. My first success was a portrait sitting with actor David Warner. After this, more followed as I was able to gain more credibility and use the images to attract more celebrities to get on board. This also includes Sir Patrick Stewart who comes originally from Yorkshire.”, says Rory.