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Unconventional Light 7: LEDs

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m55s
Language: english
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Summary:

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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Summary:

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!

Coached Shooting

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Runtime - length of the film: 24m02s
Language: english
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We've seen Bert Stephani in action for many times, now his assistant takes over to show what he has learned. Bert guides him through different sets and steps in whenever advice is needed.

This workshop touches on a range of topics, from camera settings to working with a model. Assistant Laurent gets to work with an experienced model. However he realises that it's demanding to combine the essentials for a successful shooting.

Jewelry Photography

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m26s
Language: english
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Summary:

Eberhard Schuy takes us through the problems one encounters when small items that shine and reflect light like jewelry, need to be photographed.

Turning the tables literally on the subject we learn how to use the properties of the object to resolve the problems. By using the reflections we learn how to control what is reflected.

A few lighting techniques add panache to our setup. Mixing continuous reflectors and conical tubes together with various matte services any dark anomalies are easily filled with tone modulation to give the subjects just the right balance of brilliance and glamor.

And just when you think you're done he pulls out one more neat little trick to give the shot that final Pizazz that only experience and skill can bring to the result.

Still Life in Action

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Runtime - length of the film: 16m08s
Language: english
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Summary:

Stilllife in motion actually sounds like a contradiction in itself. Eberhard Schuy shows us in this film that it can make sense to bring some action into stilllife photography. The result is enthralling and definitely wakes the viewers interest.

In this case a slice of pepper will slide through a plate full of water and induce a nice spray. A few considerations are needed in forehand for the implementation of such a set. Important is the reproducibility of the shot. The pepper must always slide through the water in the same way to get the perfect picture.

So have a look with which means Eberhard Schuy manages to control the pepper slice. Lighting and camera settings will, of course, also be thoroughly explained.