These are a few images from a excellent photo shoot we had here in the studio. They were all lit with a FourSquare softbox with a grid to camera left. To get the intense fiery hair we used a continuos light to camera right and dragged they shutter and blew the hair around with a fan and a leaf blower. The background was lit by a single speed light with a blue CTB gel and a grid. Lastly there was a prototype FourSquare strip light overhead with an orange CTO gel. Thanks to our model Riya Ryan and makeup artist TheArtistKelsie.
This is definitely a home made light, just like back in school with foam core, glue and gaffer tape. The only thing missing is any diffusion. It’s pretty crude but it is a very nice light. This is my first one and I am currently working on the second. I have found brighter LED’s and a new power source. The plan is to make it totally collapsable so you can put it in a small case. This one has been made with a hard structure, now its time to come up with the “Soft” one.
Lightware Direct just got a new addition to the Cool Tools line in the store. Yeah I know, you say I just wrap some regular gaf tape around a pencil and keep some in all of my bags. Yeah I did to until I found these. I like having the different colors so if we are doing video I can mark (spike?) spots on the floor or carpet where the models are to be when they walk into the frame. I don’t have to buy huge rolls of the colors they already come the right size. Also useful for marking a set here in the studio if we have to take it down for some reason and then reset. We do a little map and then also write on the tape what light went on that spot. Personally I like the bright colors for my work along with the universal black.
I sometimes like working with my Lumedyne in concert with speed lights. In fact all my location work is now Speed Lights, Lumedyne, and a first release of the Elinchrom Ranger. This mounting idea came about when I was wanting a specular highlight right in the center of a FourSquare box that was a point source, with no diffusion on the box
After some tinkering, this is what I came up with. I am showing you that either of the two styles of Lumedyne heads can be mounted the same way, just a little different on how I drilled out the bar. A single head in a FourSquare is a great light when you need more than what a speed light can deliver. Let me know if this helps you out and we could make some up for you.
David Tejada brings us this fantastic tip that is all about optimizing your camera settings for shooting with the built-in flash as a commander for your speedlights. Changing these setting used to be completely impractical due to the time it used to take. Now with this simple switch of controls, the menu to adjust your power settings from the back of the camera is a single button press away, making it a true convenience as opposed to a bell or whistle.
It’s simple. A plastic worm bag organizer from Bass Pro Shops and/or a 3×5 recipe card holder from the office supply store. Actually I use them both. I put the CTO’s in the recipe holder because those are the ones we use most and then the more esoteric filters I put in the Bass Pro Worm Folder. I use a label maker to keep them identified on the baggie and with a sharpie on the filter itself. Makes it easy for the assistants to find and put back the gels in the right place. Go ahead get organized.