Product photography is a great way to start learning about lighting modifiers and how they interact with your subject and scene. This lets you have the ability to be creative and know how to use modifiers during a shoot. In this video, author Robert Vanelli demonstrates how to diffuse light through an umbrella.
- Now let's try a different look.…This is a shoot-through umbrella.…If you notice, you're able to see my hand…through the fabric.…What this is going to do for us is as the light penetrates…it, it's going to give a soft pleasing look all the way…wrapped around for a different type of a look.…Now this particular unit is a seven foot parabolic umbrella.…It's kind of overkill for a shot like this so we're going…to show you a little tip on how to use something this big…in a studio environment.…
So, I'm going to open it up…just a little bit…and I'm going to attach it to the light source.…There, now that we have it firmly in place,…what we can do is slowly open it up just a little bit…like this, or we can bring it back like so.…Right about here is perfect.…
Now what we need to do is adjust the power.…We'll take a couple of meter readings…and then start shooting.…Now let's take a couple readings.…Good, now I'm going to have to adjust…the power just a little bit.…And I want to reposition the light slightly…just because I want it to come across more here.…
- What is a lighting modifier?
- Technical and artistic benefits of lighting modifiers
- Using an umbrella to bounce light
- Lighting portraits with an umbrella
- Lighting a portrait with a softbox
- Shooting with a beauty dish
- Softening light with diffusers
- Adjusting color temperature using gels
- Lighting a portrait with a speedlight