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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!

Shooting Performance

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m24s
Language: english
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Character Marketing

Summary:

If you want to make your own photography business grow, listen to photographer Mike Larson who talks about the performance while shooting in this video.

Mike Larson is a successfull estate and vineyard wedding photographer from California. He can pull upon several years of experience in how to work with your clients.

In this video Mike Larson shares some useful advise on how to perform while shooting. He is of the opinion, that photography is a performance-based industry which means that your clients will take your performance into account when evaluating your photosession.

This video was taken on the same day as the video Character Marketing by Mike Larson and is therefore pretty similar in doing. There are few pictures but meanwhile even more advise on how to market yourself than in Mike Larson's other videos.

So enjoy this video and learn everything important about character marketing from photographer Mike Larson.

Creating a Romantic Look

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Expert: Kategraphy  
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Runtime - length of the film: 05m32s
Language: english
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Summary:

There are many looks that can be applied to images and they will never be right for every image. High contrast looks are definitely wrong for most romantic photos like those taken at weddings.

Learn in this video how to create a dreamier and soft look that will be perfect for these photos. Kate explains step by step how to achieve this look.

Create a Fall Look

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Expert: Kategraphy  
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Runtime - length of the film: 4m44s
Language: english
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Summary:

Sometimes you plan a shoot and have a photo in mind and it’s just not what you got when you were at the location.

Kate uses Lightroom’s HSL adjustments to turn the slightly yellow leaves dark orange and green leaves yellow to get the fall photo she had in mind.

This technique even works with people in the frame if they are not wearing anything green or yellow.