There’s something about practical effects that is so much more satisfying than digital ones. The lack of practice effects was one of my biggest complaints when watching the Star Wars prequels vs. the original trilogy. In this video, I’m going to put my fog where my mouth is and show you how to shoot using only practical effects.
LIGHTING 201: SINGLE SOURCE OFF-CAMERA LIGHT SHAPING
This article and video are from the SLRLounge Lighting 201 Workshop.
- Get the Flash Off Your Camera – In this workshop, we will focus on helping you perfect any scene with only the use of a single off-camera light source!
- Comprehensive Guide to Lighting Gear – This workshop begins by helping you better understand and master all the different types of lighting gear and technologies. We discuss everything from budget and inexpensive gear to medium and higher quality gear. All the while, we stress that regardless of the type of equipment you use, you can still end up with professional quality results!
- Advanced Creative Techniques – In this workshop (and this video!), we emphasize creative light control over corrective light control and show you how to use your single off-camera flash to get interesting new looks to your images. Lighting 201 will teach you everything from backlighting your subjects for creative effect, using light modifiers and DIY gobos to manipulate light, and other techniques to help take your images to the next level.
OUR GEAR LIST
- Flash Budget: Yongnuo/Neewer ($70-100)
- Flash Favorite Manual: LumoPro LP180 with Pocketwizard Plus 3 ($350)
- Flash Favorite Full Feature: Phottix Mitros+ ($399)
- Bracket Favorite Cold Shoe: Westcott Triple Threat ($30)
- Bracket Favorite Hot Shoe: Cheetah 3 Speedlight ($50)
- Light stand Budget: Cowboy Studio Light stand ($30)
- Light stand Favorite: Manfrotto Nano Stand ($50)
- Light Modifier Budget: Westcott Umbrella 43″ ($20)
- Light Modifier Favorite: Westcott Apollo Orb + Grid ($200)
- ND Filter Budget: 82mm Tiffen 1.2 ND ($60)
- ND Filter Favorite ND: 82mm Tiffen 1.5 Water White ND (140+)
- ND Filter Favorite HT ND: 82mm Tiffen 1.2 Digital HT ($160+)
- ND Filter Favorite IR ND: 82mm Tiffen 1.5 Water White IR ($180+)
- Fog Machine Favorite: Roscoe Mini-V ($449)
THE LIGHT CONTROL
For this shot, we’re using the Westcott Apollo Orb, a fantastic softbox that breaks down like an umbrella, making it portable and easy to set up. We have a diffuser and a grid on the Orb, which both cut down power, so I have to put 3 Phottix Mitros+ speedlights in there to get enough power output. From there, we bring the Orb to camera right, about 4-5 feet from our model, and we angle it for split lighting.
Now for the most fun part of the shoot, the fog! We needed a lot of fog to fill up the open space, and then waft it, so it dissipated evenly. Fortunately, we had our fog wafting expert Logan on site to help. I would suggest if you do plan on bringing a fog machine (why not, they’re so cheap to rent!), bring an assistant to help you maneuver the fog into your scene.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Now with our settings dialed in, light modifier in place, and the fog filling up the scene, we can get our shot!
CONCLUSION & MORE INFO
I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from our Lighting 201 Workshop. If you’re interested in learning more, click here!
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