We at Clockwork 9 are excited to start our new mini-series all about the fundamentals of lighting for photo and video. Knowing how to use and control lighting is a crucial part of our job. We’ll teach you the basics of light, all the way to controlling it precisely.

There is a lot to cover for these videos so we’ll be breaking it up into three major parts. You can expect to learn a lot about how to apply this to your photography & videography by following along as we demonstrate the technique behind using each type of lighting. We will also go in-depth with accessories that can significantly improve the workflow and how you light.

Below is a basic breakdown of what will be covered in these videos. Stay informed of each video release by subscribing to our youtube channel and signing up to our site via the bell in the lower right corner of the page.

Basics of studio lighting (S1:E1-5)

  • Continuous light vs. Strobes (Mixing sources, and Color temperatures)
  • Different types of strobes (Impact, Interfit, Buff, Speedlight Canon / Yongnuo)
  • Different types of light modifiers (Softbox, Grid, Snoot, Gel, Reflector, Umbrella)
  • What is grip equipment should you use (C-Stands, Boom Arms, Sandbags, Matthellini)
  • Wired vs. Wireless triggers (Sync Cables, Yongnuo, Pocketwizard)

Intermediate studio lighting (S2:E1-5)

  • 1 Point lighting (Speedlight, and monolight strobe)
  • 2 Point lighting (Cross keys, bouncing, filling, background, backlight)
  • 3 Point lighting (1: Key, Fill, Kicker 2: Cross Key, Background 3: Key, Fill, Background)
  • Using a light meter to expose your strobes (Inverse square, Contrast Ratios)
  • Lighting large groups on location (Speedlight modifiers)

Professional lighting (S3:E1-5)

  • Using Flags and silks to control a scene (V-Flats)
  • Using multiple lighting setups, and shots composited together to get a perfect image
  • Freezing motion for a high end look (Continuous, and Strobe lighting)
  • Lighting for people with glasses, and high reflections 
  • Lighting for multiple subjects in a wide scene to create depth, and a dynamic look
  • Choosing the right lighting for your subject to achieve the right message




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