Feathered Lighting

Few weeks ago, I was experimenting with a lighting style I experienced when I was assisting another photographer in Australia sometime 2014. Back then, I was actually surprised as I was setting up his lighting based on the diagram he gave me before the shoot, he suddenly adjusted the angle of the main light facing farther from the subject.

I adjusted it back in between shots and he quickly adjusted it back to his preferred angle. He said he wanted to use a feathered light. I didn’t understand it immediately but it seems like he is getting it right and he is happy with his shots. I know I heard feathered lighting somewhere but I never really tried it.

The Doctor is in. Beauty Dish, feathered as main light. Fill-in and backlight added. (MHAM College of Medicine)

The Doctor is in. Beauty Dish, feathered as main light. Fill-in and backlight added. (MHAM College of Medicine)

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What’s the color of the ceiling?

It’s amusing to know that a photographer arriving in the venue would look up and asses the ceiling. Is it white? How high is it? Can I bounce the light? The client might not notice it or know his reason why he’s looking up but it is one important factor when shooting indoors.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

When you talk about close door event, one of the major consideration is available light. It becomes worse for photographers when mood lighting is used in an event. This problem occurs because the lights were designed on how we see it thus it adds to the experience. However, what we can see is not the same as what the camera can see. Continue reading “What’s the color of the ceiling?” »

Three things about Photoshop

I’ve been using Photoshop for more than two decades now. I started with the version three sometime in the mid 90’s. We were so thrilled that we can change the color of the hair and remove unwanted elements in the photo. Surprisingly, the same basic editing function of Photoshop is still the core engine of the application after twenty five years.

Adjustment layers stacked up under the layers panel. You can individually adjust them anytime in your work sequence. All adjustment is temporary until you flatten the image. Credits: Ali Globin, Dexter Alazas' Ad Models.

Adjustment layers stacked up under the layers panel. You can individually adjust them anytime in your work sequence. All adjustment is temporary until you flatten the image. Credits: Ali Globin, Dexter Alazas’ Ad Models.

Here’s a few functions you might not know or have been using but failed to maximize its use. Here we go:

Curves – this is an adjustment tool that lets you edit the tones of an image. You can add as many nodes as you want in the line between highlight and shadows. From there you can increase or decrease the tone on every nodes.

Curves can also be used to edit tones based on color channel. If you’re working on an RGB file, you can individually edit the Red, Green and Blue channels to fit your desired color. I normally use this when editing skin tones. Continue reading “Three things about Photoshop” »

Photographer for Hire

In between projects, I do experimental shots. In this photo, I was trying to do a fake out-of-the-freezer look. I used a matte acrylic top coat and glycerine based solution. I also played with a foil behind the glass and got the effect.

In between projects, I do experimental shots. In this photo, I was trying to do a fake out-of-the-freezer look. I used a matte acrylic top coat and glycerine based solution. I also played with a foil behind the glass and got the effect.

Just a few days ago, one of my students asked me what equipments will she need if she decides to open up a studio. She’s one of those students that is overflowing with interest. Her photo shows a lot of potentials. My answer was not something she expected. I encouraged her to shoot more and fill in more experience. Continue reading “Photographer for Hire” »