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Teaching six distinct lighting techniques within a common and familiar setting, DIY Studio Light with Common Household Items from PhotoShop Cafe is a 2.7 hour-long presentation that showcases a variety of useful and practical lighting techniques. Hosted by Dave Montizambert, this series of lessons offers tips and techniques on how to re-purpose everyday items and produce professional-quality studio lighting results.
Utilizing multiple camera angles and offering an over-the-shoulder view of Montizambert working, these lessons show you exactly how and where to place equipment in order to reproduce the techniques being taught. Furthermore, a bonus video piece in included on some essential facial lighting tips as well as some lighting principles in general.
Designed within an intuitive interface for computer playback, this DVD-ROM allows you to quickly skip to lessons of interest and control your playback for the most effective learning experience. Additionally, low-resolution video files are also included for playback on an iPod, iPad, iPhone, or via an Apple TV.
Introduction: An overview of DIY Studio Lighting and some introductory thoughts on approaching handmade photography techniques and tools.
Creative Teen Portrait: An in-depth look at creating a studio portrait in your home using common, everyday items you already have.
Lighting Faces: Demonstrated on the face of Mozart, this lesson covers some common and useful lighting techniques well-suited for facial characteristics.
High Contrast Dramatic Portrait: Showcasing an easy and inexpensive way to accomplish this technique using just one light, this lessons focuses on the popular high-contrast, dramatically lit look.
Window Light: Using just a living room window during daytime and a few other common household accessories, this section shows you how to produce studio-quality lighting that incorporated back, fill, and key lighting techniques.
Self Portrait: This lesson teaches you how to produce a well-thought-out self-portrait with an advanced lighting setup, all on your own.
Top-Lit Body Shot: Using a ladder, shelf, broom, some bed sheets, and a hardware store work light, this section shows you how to produce a dramatic top-light, high contrast look.
Group Portrait: Dedicated to photographing more than one person at a time, this practical lesson shows you how to best accommodate groups of people while still achieving a unique quality of lighting.
Final Thoughts: The presentation concludes with Montizambert sharing some final insights and resources for further learning.
Moody B&W fashion body shot
Environmental group shot
Shooting a self portrait
3/4 length senior's style fashion portrait
Lighting with bed sheets
Lighting with walls and doors
Lighting with ceiling bounce light
Lighting with floor bounce light
Controlling shadow fill bounce light
How to create becoming facial light patterns
How to create studio quality backgrounds from bed covers
Using shoot environment for backgrounds
How to create a pure black background
How to control ambient light
Controlling light quality (soft & hard light)
Mixing ambient light with subject lighting
Control light contamination from unwanted light spill
A dedicated interface enables intuitive playback that is aided by descriptive texts, info panels for accessing content, and the ability to immediately jump to PhotoShop Cafe forums. This playback design permits full-screen viewing on compatible Mac and Windows operating systems. Additionally, the disc includes low-resolution video files that can be imported into iTunes for direct playback on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or via an Apple TV.
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Mac OS X 10.4-10.8
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, or 98 (700 MHz Pentium processor or better)
DVD-ROM drive and speakers
1024 x 768 display resolution or larger