Category Archive : lighting

Photography Tips: How to Use Color Effect Gels

Fstoppers JT Blenker

Photography Tips: How to Use Color Effect Gels

Telling a story doesn’t stop at your subject in photography; everything in an image gives the viewer context clues to build a narrative around. One of my favorite ways to facilitate interest and story in photography is incorporating color effect gels into the scene, but what are the best ways to use them and why?

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Cinematographer Dicusses His Work on The Empire Strikes Back

Fstoppers Mike O'Leary

Cinematographer Dicusses His Work on The Empire Strikes Back

Ever wondered how the filmmakers of probably the best-looking Star Wars movie managed to light Darth Vader's blacker than black costume without seeing the light fixtures in the helmet? The answer to this and a few more nuggets of film history and cinematography tricks are revealed in this short but fascinating interview.

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How to Eliminate Background Shadows When Working With Strobes

Fstoppers Alex Cooke

How to Eliminate Background Shadows When Working With Strobes

When you're shooting with strobes onto a plain backdrop, one of the most common problems you're likely to encounter is a shadow from your subject on the background. This helpful video will show you how to deal with this situation.

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The Usefulness of V-Flats in Photography

Fstoppers Alex Cooke

The Usefulness of V-Flats in Photography

One of the most useful pieces of lighting gear a studio photographer can have doesn't actually have a light in it. Check out how v-flats can help you shape your light in this great video.

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The Many Ways You Can Mix Strobes and Natural Light in Your Photos

Fstoppers Alex Cooke

The Many Ways You Can Mix Strobes and Natural Light in Your Photos

Shooting with natural light or strobes doesn't have to be a one or the other proposition: you can easily mix them in the same shot to create interesting outdoor images. This great video shows you that there are quite a few ways to do that.

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