Perfect Your Lighting for Stunning Photography!

Are you a creative professional looking to elevate your photography game? Are you tired of feeling uninspired and limited in your networking opportunities? Look no further – I have just the solution for you. 

As someone who has tried countless lighting modifiers, I understand the overwhelming task of choosing the right one for your photography studio.

That's why I have created the ultimate guide to lighting modifiers – complete with a visual comparison tool that will save you time and money.

In this series of free video tutorials, I conduct an epic beauty shoot and showcase over 20 different modifiers, highlighting their unique effects on lighting.

From softboxes to parabolic umbrellas, we cover it all – contrast, catchlights, skin tones, and more. So, don't let lack of inspiration or limited skills hold you back any longer.

Let's unlock your potential together with the power of photography studio lighting modifiers.

Get ready to take your photography to the next level!

Lighting the shot

So. Many. Modifiers.

A truly epic shoot

Our intrepid model Brittany was photographed over a span of two days, using every single modifier in the studio. The process was intriguing, as we witnessed the varying effects that were produced by transitioning from one modifier to the next.

It is worth noting that certain modifiers possess the ability to create multiple effects, contingent on the manner in which they are adjusted. As an example, parabolic umbrellas possess three distinct positions, including hard, soft, and mid, all of which provide a slightly different ambiance.

Setting up the trampoline and lighting on location

Para 222 in the 'soft' position

The Lighting Comparison Tool

After concluding the photo shoot, our next task was to compile all the captured images and create the Lighting Comparison Tool. Our tool features a side-by-side display for head-and-shoulder as well as full-length shots, making it convenient to compare the effects of various modifiers.

Thanks to Britt's consistent poses, our Lighting Comparison Tool gives off the feeling of trying out different presets or filters in post-production. However, in reality, the tool presents authentic differences in lighting captured directly through the camera.

The final fashion image

Bare bulb vs Para 88 in 'hard' position

The final fashion image

110 deep umbrella vs Pico Fresnel

LIGHTING MODIFIERS COMPARISON TOOL

STOP wasting money on wrong modifiers!

Explore the potential of light in your photography with our versatile tool. With 44 modifiers at your fingertips, gain comprehensive insight into their impact. Simply select, click, and zoom to compare the results (Both headshots and full-length body shots).
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First... How does a studio light work?

In the realm of photography studio lighting, a bare bulb studio light stands as a cornerstone for creating dynamic and versatile lighting setups. Unlike traditional studio strobes that are often encased, a bare bulb emits light in every direction, offering an omnidirectional light source that can be modified and shaped using standard reflectors and other accessories.

Close-up of a studio lamp head and bulb

Close-up of a studio lamp head and bulb

At the heart of any studio light, including the bare bulb, is a flash tube encircling a modeling light. The modeling light serves a crucial role, allowing photographers to preview the lighting effect on their subjects before capturing the image, without triggering the full power of the flash. This is essential for composing the shot, positioning the subject, and fine-tuning the scene to perfection.

When the moment of capture arrives, the flash tube, activated by the camera's shutter, bursts forth with light, momentarily outshining the modeling light and imprinting the scene with precision and brilliance. This dual-functionality ensures that the studio flash not only provides a powerful light source but also offers the flexibility needed to craft the perfect shot, making it an indispensable tool in the photographer's arsenal.

Ready to learn about each lighting modifier?

Each of the sections below covers the main lighting modifiers you'd expect to find in a photography studio. To learn even about a particular modifier, simply click the relevant link to enjoy and in depth video tutorial.

Tutorial section: Bare Bulb Lighting

Discover the compelling power of bare bulb photography, a method that strips lighting to its core elements. Implementing a bare bulb flash in studio practice offers a universal luminosity, suffusing your space with a myriad of lighting effects.

This fundamental technique boosts your artistic prowess, creating sharp, eye-catching shadows that enhance the sense of drama. Ideal for those bold enough to sculpt the untamed beauty of light in its rawest form, bare bulb lighting embodies the pure heart of photographic creativity, transmuting ordinary subjects into captivating studies of contrast and depth. Click here to continue learning about bare bulb lighting.

Tutorial section: Octabox 150

Embrace the unparalleled excellence of the Octabox 150, a quintessential marvel for photographers aiming to infuse softness and depth into their portraits. This majestic octagonal softbox, measuring a generous 150cm across, is your go-to for producing high-quality, homogenous light that wraps your subject in a flattering embrace.

The integrated Velcro strip around its rim invites the addition of accessories like grids or an extra diffusion layer, offering creative control to tailor the light to perfection. Inside, you'll find a secondary diffusion layer, topped with a circular patch directly over the light source, ensuring the light's uniformity is unmatched.

The Octabox 150 isn't just a tool; it's a gateway to transforming your vision into captivating imagery. Click here to continue learning about Octabox lighting

Comments

  1. This section is about choosing the best light modifier for your photography and it has a link to a handy comparison tool that I really like. However, it seems to be focused on how to choose the best light modifier for this specific subject or similar (a flawless female model). A visual aid like this for subjects better suited to a different set of modifiers would be killer. Just within the realm of portraits, you’ve got male models, elderly people, children, highly blemished skin, highly wrinkled skin, and so on. I suspect a Para 133 or hard beauty dish, for example, is going to hurt more than help when used on a lot of everyday people, correct?

    I think exploring this would be very helpful to many users, because most people who are learning probably do not have access to every modifier, and are probably not booking models.

  2. johnleigh

    Ive only just seen this post and video I somehow missed last year!
    Having watched the whole thing and played with the results in the visualiser tool it was great to see this and the work that went into producing.

    Im a speedlite guy due to space, budget etc at a small home studio and appreciated seeing the look and feel of the different modifiers like this — im guilty of aqcuiring multiple softboxes, umbrellas, snoots, fresnel so have plenty to work with but always dithering when i have a model in front of me because I want to use them all still .
    Most actors and models want a “variety” of looks so I do end up using several – in some ways I wish I could just focus on one or two but on the other hand I love mixing it up.

    Finally, seeing your comparisons is more than super helpful as not only great to see those results and looks, but that its confirmation that even with my modest and smaller size gear and setup I can obtain similar results

    1. Great to hear John hopefully it will also be a useful future reference. We are going to expand the app out into other genres too.

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