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Key light from behind

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m38s
Language: english
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Summary:

Bert Stephani is not a photographer to stick to rules. He likes to innovate an experiment with the position of his key light, to achieve a special look.
 
A shaded spot in the outdoors is practical for decent portraits, but a little effort enables a very special look. Like every photographer Bert knows that you can accomplish very different results by only changing your lighting.
 
See how Bert makes use of his surroundings and settings to control his light. This is how he does portraits full of character.

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!

Shower Curtain Diffusor

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m37s
Language: english
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You only use a shower curtain for taking a shower? Then you haven't seen this FotoTV. shooting with Bert Stephani.

Bert shows the versatile options for using the shower curtain as photographer. For example it can be used as a prop or as a mobile dressing room for the model.

But first of all it serves as a diffuser that converts hard into soft light. That works in the sunlight as well as in a dim hotel corridor.

Bert demonstrates the effects of the shower curtain in several shootings with model Swetlana.

Speedlite With Umbrella

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m39s
Language: english
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It's time for another FotoTV. shooting video with Bert Stephani and his model Swetlana. Again the topic of this video is the imitation of the location's ambient light by using handy equipment.

In this movie Bert demonstrates the options of a small umbrella in combination with one single speedlite. The results of this simple setup are very similar to what you can achieve with extensive studio lighting.

But in order to control the small umbrella in a shooting you have to know several things.