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Unconventional Light 7: LEDs

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m55s
Language: english
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LEDs are another light source that are within anyone's budget. They come in different shapes and colors. Bert Stephani got an LED chain to spread on a ladder, which imitates a soft box.

Berts LED chain is even suitable as a background. See how he composes a harmonic Christmas setting by using different lights and props.

Don't shy away from experimenting with lights of any kind, the outcome might be stunning!

Unconventional Light 6: Beauty Light

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Runtime - length of the film: 27m23s
Language: english
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Further into Bert Stephani's workshop the light gets really unconventional. He recreates Rembrandt lighting with a simple light bulb. Bert continues with a beauty shooting by using work halogen lights. The light is softened with surrounding curtains.

Neon tubes are rather large and thereby also have soft box potential. Their shape creates nice cat eyes for your model. Bert shows how he spontaneously implements ideas and flows from one setup to the next.

Unconventional Light 5: Backgrounds

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Runtime - length of the film: 30m40s
Language: english
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Light should not be exclusive to a model but is great to design backgrounds. Bert Stephani starts from a black cardboard and creates a vignette by using a simple speedlight.

The background becomes more blurred the further it moves away from the subject. There are many tools to shape and color light on a background. Bert presents a variety of ways to create depth in some neat looking portraits.

Unconventional Light 4: Reflectors

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m09s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani puts his self made softbox to use that he built previously. To create the impression of a window as a catch light, the light should be fairly close to the model.

Reflectors are another way to lighten up your subject. They can be used with any lightsource and even ambient light. Any reflective object with a wide surface is suitable for this task. See how Bert utilises curtains and even a survival blanket to make the most out of his light.

Unconventional Light 3: DIY Soft box

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m15s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani analyses the ringflash shots he did between the previous session. He used it as fill light in combination with his diffused speedlight. By adjusting the power of the ringflash, he directly controls the contrast.

Soft boxes are an essential light shaping tool. Bert builds one himself in real time with mostly household items and a speedlight. This turns out in a very inexpensive light shaper which he will put to the test in the next session.

Unconventional Light 2: Strobe Light

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Runtime - length of the film: 20m27s
Language: english
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Belgian photographer Bert Stephani knows how to turn a bare strobe light into a soft box with the help of his surroundings.

He likes to use the term of 'marinating' light, as light affects and is affected by its environment. Depending on the power, flashes can either be used as key or fill light.

Bert ultimately combines his strobe light with a diffused speedlight.

Unconventional Light 1: Softbox

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Runtime - length of the film: 22m45s
Language: english
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Any light is conventional, but Bert Stephani knows how to utilise it in most innovative ways.

Over the course of this workshop, he implements various light sources from soft boxes to LEDs. Bert also shows how simple it can be to work with a model.

See first hand how Bert approaches his images. Don't be afraid to always adjust your setup while on the hunt for the perfect shot!

Creative Shooting

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m26s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV. shooting Bert Stephani shows his own way to grow as a photographer. He developed a training that he does several times a month.

Under a limitation of equipment and time he challenges himself in unknown locations. He improvises and flows from one idea to the next. His aim is to get the best possible pictures. That beefs up the artistic sense and stimulates the creative craft.

Today Bert's training takes place in a hotel room. Again his sparring partner is model Swetlana.

Changing Light Direction

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m22s
Language: english
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Don't wait for perfect light and perfect days! Bert Stephani from Belgium shows you how to optimize every light situation in order to make good pictures whenever and wherever you want.

In a city like Cologne (the location of the video) usually the light comes from above. But that light direction throws shadows onto your model so that she looks tired and sepless. The solution is changing the light direction.

Bert demonstrates a few direction changing techniques like using a reflector or an on camera flash or working with an umbrella.

 

Working the City

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m16s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani invites us into a creative city trip in Cologne. He shows that we can find perfect photo locations wherever we are. During a little walk of only a few hundred meters he demonstrates four totally different locations.

To prevent that photos look boring by repeating similar locations he uses out of focus foreground elements or interesting textures in the background. He experiments with the concentrated atmosphere of a market and changes the colours of pictures in order to give them a different mood.