Make Your Own Lighting Diagram
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When to Use What
We are planning an amazing shoot! In today’s episode I’ll show you how I plan my lighting. Sketching helps you figure out what you want to use. See how to choose which lights will go where and how they will bounce, reflect, and create specular highlights.
Today’s Episode Timeline
- 0:25 -Set building and planning
- 0:55 – Upcoming photoshoot
- 1:50 – Sketching the image
- 2:30 – Lighting diagrams
- 3:40- Angle of incidence and angle of reflection
- 4:45- Using foam board as light source
- 5:20- Working with GELS
- 6:10- Lighting the subject
- 7:20- Grids
- 8:15- Flagging lights
- 8:55- LED lights
- 9:25- Lighting our props and using contrast
- 11:30- Why its all worth it
- 12:14- Review of all our lights
- 13:40- Figuring things out ahead of time, no lights necessary
Importance of Planning
For this shoot we are using grids, gels, a large foam board, and simple LED flashlights. But you don’t have to have expensive lights or equipment to pull off a great image. The point of this is to have a clear idea of what the final photo will look like so you can plan accordingly. Sketching out your image and setup will allow you to know exactly what needs to go where especially on a more complex shoot.
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