Controlling Large Off-camera Lights (Video)

When Jody and I were in Vegas for WPPI we shot a series of videos for Westcott‘s new University demonstrating some of their lighting modifiers and lighting techniques out in this cool old “ghost” town about 45 minutes from the city.

We are super excited to finally share the first a few different videos that we produced together and they are all FREE and here on the blog!

This first video shows us using the Westcott 7′ parabolic umbrella with the optional DIFF– USER to demo what you can do with one, large powerful light in the worst of lighting conditions. We use some feathering techniques (the details of how to do that are broken down in THIS post) in order to create an extremely soft lighting look, and also used the LEE Filter System in order to shoot at a very shallow depth of field when using high powered strobes. We also used the Elinchrom Ranger (not the Quadra that we use for weddings, but the bigger brother version) so we have plenty of power for the techniques used.

Watch the video, then come BACK here to the blog to see in more detail the final images from this part of the shoot! More videos to come and more images!

 


Behind the scenes of the first set-up (more videos and locations to come!). You can see the light was harsh and not flattering.

Here you can see the harsh natural light with NO flash on it.

Now you can see the incredible difference it makes adding the flash. The great thing about this LARGE light, is the coverage you get on the entire body of your subject. If you photograph portrait sessions, then this could be perfect for you. If you are running around at a wedding, this light will be too large and unmanageable for you. We use a light about half this size for wedding location work, and you can download our ENTIRE gear list from HERE.

If you enjoyed this post, then stay tuned for MORE videos showcasing more lighting set-ups and lighting conditions coming soon!