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Watch our free webinar on Beautiful Portraits with Continuous Light hosted by Joe Brady!
They run hot, the color spectrum is off and the light is uneven from continuous light kits – isn’t it? Don’t you need to use studio strobes for beautiful portraits?
If you thought that was the case, you’ll be surprised to see how continuous lights can be both beautiful and easy to use. Join host Joe Brady as he uses a single Bowens Streamlite 530, a reflector and a Sekonic L-478DR light meter in a simple yet effective studio set.
You’ll see the benefits a light meter can bring to this type of lighting by providing the information you need to get it right in camera. Only a light meter can accurately measure the directional light that is illuminating your subject – no missed shots, no missed opportunities, perfect exposure every time.
Watch our on-demand webinar and learn the tools and techniques that allow you to create beautiful portraits with continuous lights.
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
1 Bowens Streamlite 530
2 Bowens 10 ft. Air Cushioned Lighting Stands
Limelite Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED light
Benro Travel Angel II Carbon Fiber
Sony a-99 with 24-70mm lens & 70-200mm len
The biggest advantage of natural light is the price. It is readily available and doesn’t cost much to harness or enhance. Also, creating an effective lighting setup can be achieved by simply observing and making adjustments. If nothing changes and everything can be accomplished in one shoot, one can probably get away with this method.
Sekonic C-500 Color Meter
Sekonic L-308DC with Sure-Grip Rubber Skin
Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple. As professional photographers and filmmakers we can’t rely on clouds, having enough windows, or even the weather forecast. We often need to shoot over extended periods of time, and tear down and reproduce scenes shot days or weeks before.
We wouldn’t get much done if we had to wait for the perfect sunset every time we needed an exterior dialog scene for a romantic piece. Or, if for continuity’s sake, we had to shoot in chronological order, chasing the sunlight, and at the same exact location.
In order to make an average shot more sophisticated and deliver a higher production value to our clients, we need to understand the importance of key lighting concepts and techniques, and rely on essential tools like Sekonic’s light meters and color meters. Without them, everything is a simple guess.
I just released an online course on Lynda.com titled “Lighting Design for Video Productions” where I cover all these concepts and more. If you haven’t already, please follow me on Twitter (@EA_Photo), and join me on Facebook at Eduardo Angel Visuals.
We co-sponsored this webinar by Bowens with awesome host Joe Brady - Sell More Online with Great Product Photography
If you want to sell items on eBay, Etsy, your own website or anywhere else online, having a great photograph of your cool stuff will increase its appeal and sell-ability.
Join host Joe Brady as he takes you through the process of small product photography from set up to capture to edit. Joe will demonstrate the new Bowens Streamlite Cocoon Kit that makes producing pro quality photographs simple and consistent.
For those of you selling jewelry, clothing and small artwork, accurate color is extremely important so that your customers will know what they are purchasing. With a Sekonic L-308S Light Meter, see how to get perfect and consistent exposures every time. Then by including the Colorchecker Passport from X-Rite, Joe will show how to create a custom profile for the lights so that every item displays its full color perfectly. Using Adobe Lightroom, you will also learn how to shoot directly into a laptop, have the color and white balance adjusted automatically and then have JPEGs of the appropriate size sent off to an image folder with one click of the mouse.
BONUS! Until 12/19 you can enter to win a lighting kit featured in this webinar!
Check out this great IN MY BAG post on The Photo Brigade.
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Have you ever felt a little trepidation when the off-camera flashes come out? A little tickle of doubt about how complicated it is to get the exposures right?
Well doubt no more – we have the perfect training course for you!
TAKE THE SEKONIC CHALLENGE
What does that mean? Simple. Stop relying on your LCD and start using an exposure meter to measure and control your lights.
GET ON BOARD HERE. Trust us, you will be happy you went through Sekonic Boot Camp.
Webinar: Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time
Original Air Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 1pm EDT
Presenter: Joe Brady
Photography is magical. You can use your camera to capture a fleeting moment and a passage of time in a single photograph.
In this free webinar, sponsored by Sekonic, Joe Brady will show you how to produce powerful and captivating images that combine flowing motion and amazing detail in outdoor scenic shots that include water. Then he will bring his camera into town to record locations over minutes to demonstrate how the flow of action creates results that are both telling and eerie.
Joe will be using the Sekonic L-758DR light meter to show you how easy it is to get the perfect exposure information to make your flowing landscape – even when the exposure runs into seconds and even minutes to get the look you want.
Key tools for long exposures include neutral density filters and sturdy tripods. Joe will show how to use them and introduce you to some of his favorite support systems from both Benro and Induro to ensure that the static parts of the scene remain tack sharp.
The images created are fun and exciting, so watch it on demand for this informative and inspiring session.
C.S. Muncy is back in our series from thePhotoBrigade.com! In this article he addresses one fundamental way to use a handheld meter – Ambient Light Metering.
Find yourself lost in diffused light struggling to find the right exposure? Muncy suggests measuring ambient light with the Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro. He contrasts the difference between the uses of light measurement when shooting with film versus digital. Either way, he stresses the importance of multiple and accurate readings for the most precise exposure. Check out this article to see special highlights and tips when shooting in black and white on overcast days!
Here’s a sneak peak into what Muncy suggests: “…measuring the light falling on the subject rather than being reflected from it.” He offers a step-by-step tutorial to get the perfect measurement assuring a not-so-mediocre image.
Photojournalist C.S. Muncy (via thePhotoBrigade.com) and Sekonic have paired up to show how and why using a handheld meter is critical to the quality of images. In Muncy’s earlier years as a photographer, he was settling for an in-camera meter and images that “…were acceptable if sometimes uneven.” Now he understands the importance of an exposure reading when shooting both film and digital.
Concerned about something else taking up more room in your bag? Fear not – our light meters weigh only ounces. For those antique camera lovers, Muncy also shares that passion. He’ll use his (discontinued) Sekonic L-328 Digilite to “grab a quick exposure reading” to ensure the best quality of those images. When shooting in a studio, he finds efficiency in the convenience of wireless features and accurate readings. Stay tuned for more in this series with thePhotoBrigade.com on handheld meters.
Read the whole article here.
When your camera makes the metering decisions, some landscape shots come out great, some not so great. Using a light meter gives you the control to get the best digital capture every time.
Join host Joe Brady as he shows when and how to effectively use incident light and reflected light spot meter metering. During this free Webinar, sponsored by Sekonic, Joe will take you to some beautiful outdoor locations that will challenge your in-camera meter and show you how to come home with the best shot.
The best exposures make post-production easy. Joe will show you how two quick image edits with Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop Camera RAW can transform properly exposed image files into stunning photographs.
Date: Thursday, 10 October 2013
Time: 1pm EDT
Title: Mastering Exposure for Landscape Photography, Part II
Host: Joe Brady
Link to archive: http://www.sekonic.com/classroom/webinars/mastering-exposure-for-landscape-photography-part-ii.aspx
Here’s some details by French photographer Quentin Lënw on a recent image he created. A believer in film photography, Lënw knows the necessity to get exposures right in-camera. Here are his thoughts on capturing the below image.
For this image, I used medium format camera Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with film, natural light, and the Sekonic L-398M. I modeled for the shot myself, and used a remote control to trigger the camera. I had to set up very well the process and light to capture the good move. I use only natural light and the Sekonic meter in my photography.