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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!

Smart Objects and Filters

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Runtime - length of the film: 4m49s
Language: english
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Smart objects and smart filters were added to Photoshop with version CS2. To many photoshop users, they still are a riddle. Kate deciphers the usage and advantages.

Kate inserts an Adobe Illustrator file into a picture to depict the usage of smart filters and what a smart object is.

In addition, she explains the functionality of smart filters, which are highly adjustable after applying them to a layer and offer additional options.

Using Multiple Gray Filters

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m11s
Language: english
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Summary:

Photographer Martin Krolop returns with another informative hands-on learning video on how to get the most professional looking photos possible in a bright light situation using multiple gray filters and a portable fill in flash.

Krolop begins his shooting at midday, a time when most photographers would be either indoors in the studio or at a cafe waiting for the sun to lower a bit. Most photographers and style aficionados know that this time of day produces a consistent, perfect afternoon lighting effect look. But that does not stop Krolop; he has put together a comprehensive learn-by-doing video for photographers to see just how versatile they and their camera equipment really are. Armed with a few gray filters and a portable flash, Krolop offers many tips and tricks on how to get the best out of a bright light situation and make professional photos.

Focusing on portraiture, Krolop covers important topics from lens selection, exposure time, aperture setting and proper ISO values, leaving nothing out. Any photographer, amateur or professional, looking to update his database of knowledge, or looking to add a different style to his portfolio, is definitely in the right place.

Based out of Bonn, Krolop comprises half of the creative team at Krolop & Gerst photography. Combining traditional photography techniques with the latest technology and software, Krolop and Gerst specialize in editorial, fashion, location and wedding photography, providing excellent visual solution services to many satisfied clients.