broncolor ‘How To’: Shoot Fashion using LED & Flash

broncolor ‘How To’: Shoot Fashion using LED & Flash


Hello I’m Urs Recher, hi I’m Karl Taylor
and welcome to another how-to video and Urs, this one’s quite a special one, isn’t
it? It is very special yes and it will be tricky but I show you what I’d like to do. Talk me through it. All right first of all we just start here, it’s basically just a
simple beauty setup which means, softbox and softbox or a beauty DVD dish
the important thing is they are both equipped with honeycomb grids we’ve got
a grid, another grid on the beauty dish. Exactly – so the goal is that this soft beauty
light hits the face only but leaves the rest of the body untouched. In shadow here. Exactly so the this only goes here and the rest of the body in shadow.
And that’s what the grid is doing. The grid is stopping the light getting down
here – keeping the light direction. Exactly because a softbox or this beauty dish
has a light angled at 180 degrees so it would illuminate everything so this
light just comes out like that and this comes out even like this and just from
their chin upwards. Right, so two lights only hitting the face, nothing hitting the
body. Exactly. What’s this thing going on here? That’s a continuous light and
that’s an LED continuous light. LED has a big advantage that we can
actually, change the color temperature on So we can, if I reach it, we can
have either daylight or tungsten so five times the 500 Kelvin or
what is it? 3002 on the Kelvin. Yeah. Now, let’s explain the reason for this
continuous LED light here. Exactly, I would like to combine the two lights.
The nature of continuous light and flash I use the flashlight to have an
absolutely sharp portrait. Sharp face. Sharp face and all the rest
which is let’s say that the hair light and light that we are going to reflect
with mirrors there into the body. And with the jewelry? Exactly. So catching the
jewelry and also catching the background like this. So we’ll have movement on
this light and movement of the camera as well. Exactly so
this combination of flash-freezing movement from your camera and a little
bit of movement from the model and the sequins and jewelry should give us
a little bit of Hollywood cinematic sparkle. Exactly that’s the idea behind
it, you know, that we have the movement, the more dynamic
picture movements either from the camera or as well if she moves or if
she has the wind in her hair you can actually, see this but I don’t want to
have a complete blur shot so that’s why the main focus on the eyes of course
they have 100% of the sharpness due to the short flash duration. Now I
see two other little accessories in here, homemade accessories. One is a piece of
card over the top of the beauty dish and one is an ND gel just talk us through
that. Exactly, so I’m using a white background, the white background
first of all that what we are going to reflect here is strong enough if I
set up a grey or something then this is just not strong enough so white
background that we get enough light back but then this light is already too close
to the background that even if I have the grid if I would have it like this it would not hit the background but it has to be like that so this light of
course travels like that goes to the back which illuminates the
background but thanks to the grids this light is not travelling like
this so I don’t need it and that’s like for me that’s a constant rule in
the studio only set up the lights that I really really need. I need this
part of the grid but I don’t need that parts so I covered. Essentially
you’re blocking the beauty dish from hitting the background to keep your back
dark. It’s not needed on her so let’s block it. Okay so what about the ND gel up
here I can see this is in the path of the continuous light coming to the hair.
Exactly so she has very bright blonde hair and this light is quite strong
in combination with the quarter of a second exposure time
it would be too strong so the blonde hair would be completely burnt okay so
with the ND filter I just take it down in intensity. I don’t block it
completely with a flag so I just reduce it but it’s super small which means the
the mirrors left and right get to all the light to reflect. This part of the
hair gets blocked. Exactly, I don’t know if you can see this if I do
this – that’s what it’s doing. Yeah exactly.
Okay that’s pretty much it right that’s the theory and now we just have to get it
done see put it into practice. Right are you ready? Let’s go! Right so we’re ready
to go and as I can see here Urs, the only modeling light you’ve got on is
obviously the LED light at the back yeah exactly – I mean yes the other two
lights are too close to the model so of course they would be very important I
went they were to create some blur yes I really have to make sure that the only
light reaching the face is flashlight and that the moving light the
continuous light is moving the background and the dark parts of the
body but it’s right it’s only the continuous lights on. Can I have shoulder down, good, all right, good turn the body a little bit towards me. Some great results there Urs – bet
you’re pleased with those. Yes, with some of them yeah, of course, every shot is so
super, it’s very experimenting so every shot looks completely different so we
produced some nonsense as well. There’s a lot of combinations is the continuous
light and the flash but when you get a winner but if you have always have one
eye here, one eye on the mirror so sooner or later you just get the reward
from it and we have some amazing shots. Beautiful look, well done!
Okay so I hope you enjoyed that ‘how-to’ video and we’ll see you on
the next one. Yes, looking forward to this. Goodbye. you you

7 thoughts on “broncolor ‘How To’: Shoot Fashion using LED & Flash

  1. I like the content and the process, it's very creative and innovative. But can't you spend a couple of seconds on introducing the model? She's just a nameless, objectified, mostly silent prop here, it feels weird. At least to me.

  2. You mean, Mix light?
    OMG.
    Just know color temps and you can do anything with Light.
    Basic knowledge of a Pro Photographer.
    Sadly lacking in today's environment of "Good Enought".
    Fix it in Post…..

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