Lighting Workshop

Inducted into Bowens location kit and also the Profoto kit.

  • Battery-powered OR mains fed, it is suggested that where you can you plug-in, battery can do about 100-200 flashes before t runs out.
    • turn on switch according to power source; switch up = mains powered, switch down = battery-powered.
  • this means you have a multiple lights set up, the dominant light is linked to camera, then the main light triggers secondary flash unit.
  • side of flash = left side strength of light (big stops), right = small amounts of light change (smaller increments)
    • if you change the strength of the light, ‘dump’ the previous flash by manually firing flash (button on side with stop wheels)
  • this kit doesn’t ‘talk’ to the camera, set everything manually, but also light metre everything in order to get results you want.
  • communicates via ‘pocket wizards’ these sit on top of camera, these enable you to connect (wirelessly)older kit to the camerea.
  • 200- 300 flashes (battery powered)
    • this is if modelling light is off (runs down power very quickly)
  • white button = on/off dial = stops
  • can set the light to different channels, enabling multiple set ups to be used in the same room
  • different ‘angles’ of light are spread if depending on where you put accessories on light.
  • softbox (with diffuser) basic light with both honeycomb grid + smaller beauty dish – created several set ups
  • created some harsher set ups with the light directly up (to the right of the model, creates harsher shadows, with the honeycomb grid slightly to the back for some background fill.
  • used Profoto light with gold reflector to bounce light, seldom used light directly onto model, darker, more absorbent buildings/walls allowed for harsher shadows = softer light.
  • used Bowens kit with the beauty dish, used this as a more direct light, but found this was sometimes too harsh, using on an angle seemed more applicable.

I enjoyed this workshop, as the location lighting and the versatility it opens up within the chances of getting that ‘perfect shot’ on location was really helfpul. I found that the day dragged slightly, as there was only so many ways you can use location lighting in creative ways when you dont have the set up you necessarily want, and this pointed out to me the importance of  preplanning when you book out lighting kits. I was happy with alot of the photos that I ended up with, as they explored the different ways lgihting could be used and its effectivenss within the situation.

Here are some of my photos.

Set ups



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