Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Technique Tuesday: Making Your Lighting Exciting Part 1

Good Afternoon Everybody,

We’ve been super busy getting ready for next week’s Master Class.  It’s about two weeks of prep work that go into putting the class together and my thanks to LaDawn and Jennifer for doing most of the work.

I just completely updated the Sales & Marketing section to make it even more complete.  I’m thinking a doing a webcast on a short portion of it soon.  I’ll keep you posted.

BTW, this is the first time we have a few seats – about three people had to make last minute changes so you can still grab one if you can work it into your schedule.  Just give Jen a call at 800.292.2994 if you would like to attend.

Get In Motion LogoTomorrow we are heading up to Columbus, OH to hear my good friends Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow present their Get In Motion tour [link].  What I like about the seminar is that it is totally DSLR video centric. Many of us have been waiting too long to make the jump into video.  I looking forward to Jeff and Ross telling me how easy it is to do just that.  Hey, if your attending too, come on up and say HI.

Making Your Lighting Exciting Part 1

In this week’s lesson, I want to walk you through 3 images that I selected more for the challenge of getting off-camera flash on the subject and making the finished image look great. 

You’ve heard me gripe about it a million times at DigitalProTalk – I’m just sick of the flat, directionless lighting so many “photographers” think is OK.  It’s not rocket science or brain surgery to get good lighting on your subject, regardless of who the subject is – wedding couple, high school senior, executive, babies, or families.  The bottom line is that rules of lighting are always the same.

Like Tim Gunn says on Project Runway, “Just make it work!” The techniques I discuss in this video do not “break the bank” either.  All the images discussed can easily be accomplished with some of the budget gear available.  Maybe that’s a good place to start for many of you reading this post today.

But let me say right now, I’m recommending shooting the budget gear because I’m a pro and need the durability, range, and reliability of my Quantum gear. Anyway, why not hit the PLAY button below and enjoy the show.


Hey gang, that’s it for me today. I’ve got a few more things on my plate for today and need to run.  I’ll plan to see you here tomorrow, same time (maybe earlier)  and same place.

See ya’ then,  David


  1. David, thanks very much for this tutorial. One problem, however, is that the third photo never shows up on the video.

  2. David. I know you use a quantum flash. However since i'm just starting i'm wondering. Could the same thing be achieved with 2x 580EX-II on a lastolite triflash bracket (and a zumbrealla offcourse) ? Or does the quantum has much more power then 2x 580EX-IIs

  3. Hi Erwin,
    Sure you can use a less powerful flash. I'll demo that in my Master Class today. Check DPT tomorrow. I prefer the Quantum when shooting outdoors, I just need its full 150 watt seconds. -David