I’ve been doing these training videos on location light for my buddy Scott Kelby. They’ve been a ton of fun to do and, at first glance, I’m even mildly coherent. Click here to preview the lessons and site. If you can get past my visual appearance (hump, twitch in the left eye, constant drooling), there’s a fair amount of ground we cover about lighting both in the studio and on location, and using both large strobes and small, hot shoe flashes.
First one is up, and I take a look at light shaping tools from umbrellas (shoot through, reflected), to large and small softboxes, direction of light, methods of softening the light to achieve a good portrait look, to using a second strobe to provide fill and a bit of glamour. We chew through a bunch of stuff in the studio, some times being successful, and sometimes not, making adjustments, trying different stuff, even a quick ring light set, and then at the end of the day, real time, chasing the fading sunset, we do a seat of the pants strobe set on the beach with Jennifer Concepcion, a truly magnificent ballerina.
All in all, just another day on location, which is the whole point. The video camera is right there at my shoulder as I knock about, pursuing ideas, making points and mistakes, correcting them, finding solutions, and just pushing the envelope in much the same fashion I do when on a location portrait job, say, for Sports Illustrated. You see everything I do, real time, and are introduced to some of the voices in my head (make them stop!), the uncertainty and problem solving process of location photography, and speaking with light.
Upcoming lessons include basic hot shoe flash photography (SB-800 units) and SB-800-The Next Step, a full-blown location application of small strobes, as well as The Executive Portrait.
We have fun, too, the essence of location photography. In a later lesson I shoot Mike, a model/body builder, using one overhead SB-800 while he does his stage persona, competition bodybuilding expression. Not to be outdone, I had my assistants spray me down and put me out there in the same light. (I kept my shirt on, cause you don’t wanna intimidate the talent, know what I’m sayin’?)
So take a look. There’s a ton of great shooters and Photoshop instructors up there on the site, from Scott to Moose Peterson to Matt Kloskowski, to David Ziser.
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– Nikon SB-800