Lights, Camera, Action

February 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Lights, Camera, Action


The very essence of photography is learning how to control light.

I am obsessive about quality lighting. I teach studio lighting. Studio lighting or natural lighting, hard or soft light, I understand what it does and how to manipulate it. I even win awards for my lighting.
And did I mention I am obsessive about lighting?

Light can make you look 10 years younger if handled correctly or 10 years older if mishandled. It is so critical to what I do. I use light to direct the viewers eye in all my images (and I use shadow to detract).

So what kind of light do I use?

 

Natural Light

Always flattering, easy to use and a lovely, even light perfect for all clients. My natural light comes from a huge industrial window in my studio in a former cotton mill in Manchester.

 

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One Light

My go-to lighting set up is a one light (Pixapro Pika200) in a 47" Octobox. It gives a soft, diffused light yet is still dark and sultry, perfect for what I do.

 

 

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Two Lights

A two light set up will give a more even lighting perfect for the 'studio' look.

 

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Fine Art Lighting

Again using two lights but with one suspended on a boom overhead to give a fine art, painterly feel to the image.

 

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Noir Lighting

Using two lights but with a harder light modifier such as a snoot or a beauty dish. The lighting is more contrasty and dramatic, giving that Film Noir or Vintage Hollywood feel.

 

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Gel Lighting

Gels are coloured wraps for lights to change the colour of the light and give an edgy, modern look to the image.

 

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Rim Lighting

Using two lights in stripboxes to outline the female body, giving a very moody and suggestive image.

 

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My Lighting Kit List

 

4 x Pixapro Pika 200

1 x Pixapro/Canon trigger (plus 5 universal triggers for workshops)

4 x Octoboxes (with grids)

2 x Stripboxes

1 x Beauty Dish

2 x Snoot

4 x large light stands

4 x smaller light stands

Boom Arm

Sandbags

Rotolights (Eos and Neo)

Rogue Gels

Barn Doors

 

If you would like to learn more about studio lighting, do take a look at my webinars, 1-2-1 training sessions and  group workshops.

 

If you would like to book your very own photoshoot, then do get in touch!

 


 


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