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 use an umbrella to light a portrait shot.
- Now sometimes you want to have one light…to not just light the model but also light the background.…That's where this beautiful humongous…seven foot parabolic umbrella comes in.…Now it's a parabolic because we're shooting through it.…Now keep in mind sometimes people say shoot…through umbrellas and you may get…the wrong understanding of what it is,…it's not you shooting your camera through the umbrella.…What you're doing is you're using the light…to shoot through the umbrella.…
That's going to illuminate the scene…that I want to take for our photos.…So a shoot through umbrella means…the light is shooting through it.…Now it being seven foot, this means…that this is going to shoot beautiful light…across our subject and then we're going to make sure…we have some of it on that background.…Now if I want the background to be pure white,…then I'm going to move her closer to the background,…move the light in.…If I want it to be an off gray,…I'll move her a little bit away from the background…and shoot with the light.…
- 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