I have always been fascinated by light, but that fascination has definitely intensified since I became a photographer. Once it clicked in my head (no pun intended) that light was the most important piece in making a photograph, my mind started spinning with ways to use and manipulate light. I’m the person who goes to see a movie, and notices every beam of light, the direction of light, the color of light, the source of light, what is absorbing it and reflecting it, plus a ton of other things! I do the same thing when we’re watching TV or Netflix at home too.
In observing television and movies in that way, I consider myself a student of light, and consider my “education” ongoing. I'm going to walk you through a few of my favorite TV series, movies, and just recent things we've watched.
I was blessed to have learned the basics of off-camera lighting early on in my career, and I enjoy pushing myself and my boundaries when it comes to using flash. A couple years ago I purchased my first MagMod kit, and I love incorporating those pieces into my work and creating cool, dramatic, colorful images that it would be difficult to create without them.
I wanted to walk you through a few screenshots to show you what inspires me and get a little peek into what is going through my head when I watch a film or television show.
And now I'm going to show you some of my own work that shows the ways in which I use light and am learning to stretch my knowledge and talents. First up is probably my favorite image I created in all of 2017. I wanted to really get to know my MagMod equipment and pinpoint light on an inanimate object or product (hence the beer), and I knew I also wanted to use my gelled lights in the background. There was also a little help in there from some Atmosphere Aerosol too! And so this image was born, and I absolutely LOVE it.
That about wraps it up! I have some new lighting projects in the works for 2018, and am planning to continue to use my favorite techniques on my clients as well. Stay tuned for those posts as the year goes on!
What projects are you planning for this year to stretch your photography skills?
What lighting technique is most intriguing to you?
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