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    Ring lights have a very specific light signature. Mostly it is connected with fashion photography as it gives out a very flattering light. The light is coming from around the lens, but since it is symmetrical it seems as if the light is coming right from the center of the lens.

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    Small strobe powered ring lights can be used for stills but if you want something really impressive, you would go with a huge wooden bulb-driven ring light. While those are a bit harder to transport, they give out a spectacular light that can also be used for video.

    (Oh, and make sure to check out those crazy catch lights at the sample pictures at the end of the post!)

    The post How To Build A Kick Ass 4 Feet DIY Ring Light appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Let’s face it; we’re not scientists and the name of this law could frighten many of us. The reality is that this is a very basic concept with a very technical name: the inverse square law of light. When it comes to lighting subjects, whether you’re a wedding photographer of a feature film cinematographer, the [...]

    The post The Inverse Square Law of Light, Explained in the Simplest Way Possible appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Diffusion blades (or panels) are incredibly useful things to have laying around a photography studio. Why pay over $100 each for a blade when you can build them yourself quickly and easily for a 1/3 of the price? In this video tutorial, Tony Roslund shows us how he makes his own blades using easily resourced [...]

    The post Easily Make Your Own Diffusion Panels For Less Than $30 appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    A set of color gels are incredibly useful to have around any studio whether you are a still photographer or a filmmaker. They aren’t even that expensive. You can pick up a set of 24 Lee gel filters online for under $40. Definitely worth the investment, BUT if you get caught without a set or [...]

    The post Transform Your Lighting With This Cheap And Easy DIY Lighting Trick appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    LED light panels are great tools to have in your studio regardless of whether your a working with video or still photography. The continuous light sources come in a variety of sizes, but the nice ones also come at a price that may not agree with everyone’s budget. In this exceptionally well made video tutorial [...]

    The post Build A Pro Quality Light Source With This Awesome DIY LED Light Panel Tutorial appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    In the video tutorial below, Gavin Hoey tackles an issue many photographers new to shooting on white backgrounds are faced with–white backgrounds that look grey in photographs. As you may already know, this is caused by the inverse square law, which you can learn all about here. But for now, let’s focus on the solution [...]

    The post How To Photograph On A White Background Using Two Lights; Plus A Useful Bonus Editing Tip appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    When it comes to portrait lighting, Joel Grimes abides by some basic principles to achieve just the look he is going for. But, while those principles are basic, they may not necessarily be obvious. Fortunately, Grimes is a great educator and has made this quick video tutorial to share some of his pro advice and [...]

    The post Portrait Lighting Tips: Fine Tune Your Look By Adjusting Light Positioning appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Gels are common tools to use when you want to change the temperature of your light or add color to white backgrounds. but they can also be used to simulate the look of different kinds of lights. In this case, Joe McNally uses a blue gel over a speedlight to mimic the look of a [...]

    The post Thinking Outside The Box: Creative Use For A Speedlight And Pack Of Gel Filters appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Brooke Shaden is the kind of inventive photographer who prefers to do-it-herself rather than spends wheelbarrows of money on expensive studio lighting and modifiers. Instead, Shaden challenges us to get creative with what resources we have available to us. In this case, it was one or two basic house lamps from Ikea. (And if you [...]

    The post Brooke Shaden Explains How To Light Portraits With Nothing But A House Lamp appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    As Gavin Hoey explains in this informative video tutorial on softboxes, soft light is generally preferred over a hard light when shooting portraits. There are a number of light modifiers that can help achieve soft light, but one of the most commonly used is a softbox. When choosing and setting up the correct softbox for [...]

    The post How To Choose The Right Softbox For The Job: Understanding Softbox Size Vs Soft Light appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Honestly, I cannot believe this went under the radar for me. Photographer Dani Diamond just broke our ring light record, not by making it any bigger, but by adding a clever inner ring making it the first double-ringed DIY light I’ve seen. The outer diameter is 4 feet and it features 12 bulbs in the [...]

    The post How To Build A Killer 4-Feet, Double-Ringed, 27-Bulbs-Powered Ring Light appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Buff, through a company carrying his name, has been creating studio flashes since 1981 when he introduced the game-changing White Lightning flash. In 2001, realizing the potential of the digital photography revolution and the changing market, he started selling the smaller, cheaper and friendlier AlienBees Flashes. His most recent flash unit, the Einstein E640, has [...]

    The post Paul C. Buff, the Man Behind White Lightning, AlienBees and Einstein Flashes, Dies at Age 78. appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    If you’re relatively new to photography, studio lighting can seem like a whole other world. If you’re like me when I started with studio lighting, you probably have a pretty decent camera and have seen a noticeable improvement in the quality of your photography as you have learned to work with natural light. But sooner [...]

    The post Get Started With Studio Lighting for Less than $100 appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    When I was getting started with photography, I knew that I had to learn how to light a subject indoors, but I couldn’t afford studio strobes – or even a hot shoe flash. I ended up learning how to use artificial light by re-purposing a set of three 500 watt halogen work lights.  They turned [...]

    The post How To Take A Classic Three Light Studio Portrait With Hardware Store LED Light Bulbs appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    I hear it all the time…. “I want to get in to studio lighting, but I just don’t have the money.” Well, you actually do. And if you care that much about the studio/ engineered lighting world, jumping in to it is actually MUCH EASIER than you might think, and much more affordable! There are a host [...]

    The post How to get into studio lighting without spending thousands of dollars appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Forged from rock and steel in the welsh valleys, photographer Ian Munro brings to photography a determination and dedication to keep inspiring  viewers with his conceptual storytelling . His images blur the lines of surrealism and humour. Frozen in time, with shades of Georges Méliès, and mad genius, he creates large sets, sometimes building them [...]

    The post Ian Munro’s photo will get you question reality [NSFW] appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Creating a soft and dramatic image doesn’t require too many complicated settings and gear. In this short video, photographer Jeff Rojas will show you how to do it with a minimalistic approach. All he uses to create wonderful, dramatic portraits is one light placed overhead. Gear As for the gear, this is what Jeff uses: Strobe: […]

    The post How to create great portraits using only one light overhead appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    If you’re new to studio photography, here’s something you could find immensely helpful. Broncolor has a wonderful learning section to help you learn dozens of different lighting setups for all kinds of studio and outdoor shots. Portraits, product photos, sports, still life and more – there are image examples with explanations of all the settings. […]

    The post Broncolor helps you learn dozens of lighting setups for free appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    When you decide to take the step from natural light and start shooting with artificial lighting, you may not know where to start learning. Daniel and Rachel from Mango Street have teamed up with photographer Daniel DeArco to introduce you to the basics of studio lighting. And when they do it, it seems less scary […]

    The post Natural light photographers, here is how to start using studio lighting appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Honestly, I cannot believe this went under the radar for me. Photographer Dani Diamond just broke our ring light record, not by making it any bigger, but by adding a clever inner ring making it the first double-ringed DIY light I’ve seen. The outer diameter is 4 feet and it features 12 bulbs in the […]

    The post How To Build A Killer 4-Feet, Double-Ringed, 27-Bulbs-Powered Ring Light appeared first on DIY Photography.


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