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!
- 1.1 Lighting 201 Trailer 11M 23S
- 1.2 Welcome to Lighting 201!
- 1.3 OCF = Anytime/Anyplace
- 1.4 Lighting 101 Speed Review
- 2.1 Our Three Favorite Camera Flashes 'Pocket Strobes' 9M 25S
- 2.2 Chapter 2 Intro
- 2.3 Wired, Infrared or Radio?
- 2.4 “Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”
- 2.5 4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At
- 2.6 Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes
- 2.7 Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers
- 2.8 5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs
- 2.9 Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range
- 2.10 Our Favorite “Sticks”
- 2.11 12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories
- 2.12 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”
- 2.13 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick”
- 2.14 Gear Setup – Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”
- 2.15 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick”
- 2.16 Gear Setup – Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick”
- 2.17 Chapter 2 Quiz: Gear Setups & Reference
- 3.1 Chapter 3 Intro
- 3.2 Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers
- 3.3 8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF
- 3.4 Over Powering the Sun – Part I 16M 44S
- 3.5 Over Powering the Sun – Part II
- 3.6 Slow Down! Watch the Details
- 3.7 Assignment | Over Powering the Sun and Using "Upgrounds"
- 3.8 More Power Without the Power
- 3.9 Adding to Existing Light – Part I
- 3.10 Assignment: Adding to Existing Light
- 3.11 Bare Bulbing with Large Groups
- 3.12 Back Lighting to Create Interest
- 3.13 Assignment | Back Lighting to Create Interest
- 3.14 Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”
- 3.15 Assignment: The Whip Pan
- 3.16 Chapter 3 Quiz: Off-Camera Bare Bulb Pocket Strobe Techniques
- 4.1 Perfect In-Camera, Then Photoshop 5M 12S
- 4.2 Chapter 4 Intro
- 4.3 The Flash Modifier You Already Own 11M 59S
- 4.4 The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella
- 4.5 Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
- 4.6 Exposure Balancing via Lightroom
- 4.7 Assignment | Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
- 4.8 Portable Softboxes
- 4.9 Assignment | Softbox Portraits
- 4.10 More Light Control, Just Grid It!
- 4.11 Assignment | Softbox with Grid
- 4.12 Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes
- 4.13 Assignment: Modified Pocket Strobes at Dusk
- 4.14 More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!
- 4.15 Assignment | Medium or Full Strobe Portraits
- 4.16 Adding to Existing Light – Part II
- 4.17 Adding or Enhancing Light Direction
- 4.18 Assignment | Adding to Existing Light with Medium or Full Strobe
- 4.19 Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique
- 4.20 Assignment | Medium or Full Strobe Group Photos
- 4.21 Incorporating Flares with Flash
- 4.22 Assignment | Using Flash with Flares
- 4.23 Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs
- 4.24 Assignment | Using Flash with Gobos
- 4.25 Chapter 4 Quiz: Off-Camera Modified Pocket & Medium Strobe Techniques
- 5.1 Chapter 5 Intro
- 5.2 Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change 12M 54S
- 5.3 Assignment | 3-Light Look with 1 Off Camera Flash
- 5.4 What About The Fill Light?
- 5.5 Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic 8M 37S
- 5.6 Assignment | Backlight and Gobo
- 5.7 Drawing Attention via Light Shaping
- 5.8 Visualizing Light & Color Shifts
- 5.9 Mixing Ambient + GOBO w/Flash
- 5.10 Better Light Can Change Everything!
- 5.11 Chapter 5 Quiz: Seeing Like An Artist, Thinking Like A Camera
- 5.12 B.Y.O.L | The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light 12M 1S
- 6.1 Chapter 6 Intro
- 6.2 Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference
- 6.3 Great Light Changes Everything! Part II
- 6.4 Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag
- 6.5 Assignment | Long Exposure and Manually Triggered Flash
- 6.6 The Right Power for Each Scene
- 6.7 Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera
- 6.8 Subtle Light for Natural Portraits
- 6.9 Light Modification & Simple Compositing
- 6.10 Assignment | Light Modification and Compositing
- 6.11 Expanding Your Photographic Vision
- 6.12 Chapter 6 Quiz: Subtlety & Refining - Case Studies
Total Course Run Time 11H 7M 19S
Tutorials Completed 0 / 65
Quizzes Completed 0 / 4
Assignment Completed 12 / 17