Once you begin to understand how light modifiers work, you can really have a lot of fun with them. What is a specialty light modifier that you can use to light a portrait? One light modifier you can use is flag. In this video, author Robert Vanelli demonstrates how to use flags to block light from hitting your subject in a photograph.
- Sometimes I don't want to light the entire scene.…I want to have the photo have some of it in the shadows,…and some of it in the bright light.…So I need a modifier to help block the light.…Well this is where flags or a cutter comes into play.…Now this particular one is a commercial grade.…If you notice, it's a black piece of fabric.…This is like a Duvetyne to where it absorbs light,…and it doesn't let any light pass right through it.…Now this type of flag is actually encased…in a metal piece,…and we attach it to what's called a C-Stand.…
Now this is attached to the knuckle,…and the knuckle is attached to what's called…an Extension Arm.…Now the extension arm is attached…to what's called a C-Stand.…Now the C-Stand is a lot sturdier…than a traditional light stand,…and it's extremely important on set,…especially when we start hanging things off of it,…that it doesn't tip over.…At the bottom of a C-Stand,…we place sandbags.…Now the sandbag should always be put…on the front leg of the C-Stand,…and you shouldn't let it touch the ground,…
- 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