Lighting Modifiers You Must Own (and Why)
from: The Photographer’s Lighting Handbook an educational guide by Photoshelter and Profoto
Although flash heads typically have controls to alter the power output of the light, controlling the quality of light can be challenging (although it can be done depending on the quality of gear you use). Some photographers (e.g. Landon Nordeman and Amy Lombard) use hard light to good effect. But for other photographers, lighting modifiers provide a means to control the hardness, spread and color of light. Here are a few modifiers we think should be in your arsenal.
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Raised amongst Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, internationally acclaimed photographer Adam Barker has a passion for photography matched only by his zest for life. Known for bold landscape and active lifestyle imagery, his love affair with exceptional imagery has translated into stirring editorial work for Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Men’s Journal, Outside, Fitness, The Drake, Mountain Magazine, and many more publications. He has drawn praise for his teaching style at workshops both domestic and abroad, and has drawn similar accord for his instructional DVDs.
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Ken Koskela is a Chicago-based travel photographer who captures subjects in excellent light, whether a dead tree forest in Namibia or a villager in rural China. Although Ken shoots a variety of subjects, he is especially known for his environmental portraits of everyday people, his ethereal landscape images and « human element » pictures that combine people and nature. He loves photographing in Asia and has garnered recognition for his portrait work in Indonesia and China.
Ken combines his love of photography with over 20 years of travel experience to more than 75 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. His images appear in books, magazines, travel guides and calendars from around the world. Beyond photography, Ken holds a dual-major MBA in international business and finance and has two decades of experience strengthening financial inclusion in developing countries.
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The Ultimate Guide to Capturing Motion in Low Light Situations from Jared Polin AKA the FRO
Here’s a small sample of what you’re going to find inside:
*Examples of my best low light photos (plus, the exact settings, cameras, and lenses I used to capture them)
*How to “cheat the system” to transform poor underexposed photos into keepers
*My rule of thumb for adjusting shutter speed when you adjust your ISO
*The one setting that should ALWAYS be higher than your focal length (no matter what situation you’re in)
*How to determine the perfect aperture for any situation
*The best meter mode to use for common low light situations
*Exactly when to use continuous or single focus (depending on what you’re shooting)
*My 4-point checklist to pick the perfect settings for ANY environment
*Full tutorials for shooting low light concerts, indoor sports, and weddings