studio lighting

Play with Light - and Walk Like an Egyptian

Model Kimberly Askew. © Rick Sammon
Here's a fun idea for playing with light. Place a speedlite directly behind a subject (hide the stand with the subject's body) and point the speedlite toward the back wall. Fire the flash remotely. I used Pocket Wizards.

Use a Honl Grid over the flash head to focus the light. Place a Honl Gel over the flash head to add color to the white light.

I took this photograph in Parish Kohanim's Atlanta studio last week during our lighting workshop. I added lens flare effect in Photoshop - where I also created my mirror image of model Kimberly Askew.

My camera gear for this shoot:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105m IS lens... my favorite lens.

Have fun with the ligh this weekend.

Explore the light,

For more lighting and photo tips, see my apps. Or, come on one of my workshops.

Day One At Dave's: One Light Wonders

© Rick Sammon
Day one of my workshop at the Dave Cross Studio in Oldsmar, Florida was a blast! I had eight students learning the benefits of shooting with one light source: speedlite in a Westcott Apollo softbox.

The image was taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 25-105mm IS lens. I had my Canon 580EX II placed in the Westoctt soft box. Click here to see all my gear.

Above:  Kathy Porupski was our voice activated light stand for the shoot. Kathy also helped with the model. Thanks Kathy!

Above: Your full-service instructor at work. Thanks Jason Ludwig for the nice behind-the-scenes image.

To the students: You all did a great job!

Stay tuned for more images from the workshop.

Explore the light,

P.S. For more lighting tips, see my apps.

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012. I hope the new year rocks for you.

For those of you who enjoy the digital imaging process . . . 

Above is the original photograph, which was taken in my living room. Gear:

Above is a rough idea of my lighting set up, created with Lighting Diagrams.

I added the lighting effects in Photoshop CS4:
Filter > Render > Lighting Effects (light at top right and left of frame).
Filter > Render > Lens Flare (lights at top of frame).

I added the color and gradient to the type using: Layer Style > Gradient Overlay.

As a final touch, I added the drop shadow to the image: Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.

I teach all this stuff on my workshops. I can even help you out with some basic blues guitar.

Again, Happy New Year!

Rick, Susan and Marco

Are Two Light It Apps Better Than One?

Last September, my friend Scott Kelby introduced Light It, a cool digital magazine that's available through iTunes as an iPad app. I'm lovin' it!

Scott's app/digital photo magazine is geared toward serious photographers who want to master their lighting techniques. 

Last year, I launched my Light It! app. I have an iPad and an iPhone version. 

Although I teach advanced techniques on my Master Your Flash workshops, my app is geared more toward the novice who is just getting into lighting - flash, strobe, natural and so on. So, Light It! is a basic lighting app - which is why basic is in the title :-)

So... light it your way!

Explore the light,

For all my apps, click here.

The Google Shoot - Top Light Illuminates Top Photographer

Photograph by Rick Sammon
Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honor of speaking at Google to its photography club. What fun.

After my talk, I did a demo of basic lighting techniques, using expert photographer/podcaster Catherine Hall as my main subject. We shot in the relatively new Google photo studio.

Basically, I was illustrating how important it is to move the light around the subject - and to move around the subject when you are using lighting.

I created the black and white image above using Nik Silver Efex Pro. For a discount on all Nik plug-ins, use this code upon checkout: RSAMMON.

I shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-105mm IS lens. For all my gear, click here.

I'll be on Catherine's podcast, TWiT Photo, later today. Catherine will be my guest on cL later this week.

Explore the light,

P.S. Google+ is my main media hangout. Click on the Google+ box on the right to hang with me. :-)