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Indoor Portrait

Taking portrait indoors can be challenging, especially when it comes to lighting. But whether you’re shooting with studio strobes, speedlights, continuous lights, or simply available light, these lessons provide step-by-step instruction on how to bring your indoor portraiture to the next level.

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part III

If you have followed the last two NASCAR lighting lessons here on Photoflex Lighting School, you have seen how photographer Ian Spanier faced the challenges shooting at such an event.... Continue Reading...

 

Beauty Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

    Trying New Things I definitely fall into the category of photographers who get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Although I am often hired to... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part II

In his previous lesson, Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard, Ian Spanier details how getting thrown into the chaotic frenzy of a NASCAR infield on the weekend of a major... Continue Reading...

 

Umbrellas 101 Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, LA photographer Jay P. Morgan demonstrates how to use umbrellas on set. Umbrellas are great modifiers and the ones that most people start with. They’re... Continue Reading...

 

Testing Out The New 72” Silver Umbrella

My name is Trevor Sherwin and I’m a boudoir photographer in Toronto, Canada. I also teach a variety of lighting workshops from the basics to advanced techniques.... Continue Reading...

 

Seasoned Beauty Lighting, Italian Style! Bonus Video Included

Italian Pro Showcase photographer Roberto Insalata provides insight on his recipe for captivating beauty shots. My Approach This may sound strange, but when I photograph a person or an object,... Continue Reading...

 

The SHAPE Magazine Shoot Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, Ian Spanier shows how adding something as simple as a Photoflex WhiteDome to an overhead light, even when used on a white set, can make a subtle,... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 2 Bonus Video Included

This is the second of a two-part beauty lesson. To see the first part, click here. More Drama After finishing with the first model, I decided to take my approach... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 1 Bonus Video Included

With beauty shots, there are often limiting factors one has to work with, including constrained composition, precision lighting, and minimal background elements. Pro Showcase photographer Laura Tillinghast is quite mindful... Continue Reading...

 

Using Constant Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

  Using Constant Lighting for Stills and Video from Photoflex, Inc. on Vimeo.   Why Continuous Lights? Continuous lights can often be dismissed as outdated equipment in the photographic world,... Continue Reading...

Flash - Shoe Mount/Speedlight

 

Seasoned Beauty Lighting, Italian Style! Bonus Video Included

Italian Pro Showcase photographer Roberto Insalata provides insight on his recipe for captivating beauty shots. My Approach This may sound strange, but when I photograph a person or an object,... Continue Reading...

 

Leading the Cheer with Photoflex Gear! Bonus Video Included

Recently, Pro Showcase Photographers Alycia White and Benjamin Edwards teamed up to produce a lesson and video on some simple-yet-powerful indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.  Alycia shot indoors, while... Continue Reading...

 

Portable Lighting for Studio and Location

When it comes to illustrating lighting tips and techniques, we at PhotoflexLightingSchool® like to challenge ourselves by honing the elements down to their most basic parts. It's important... Continue Reading...

 

Portrait of a Makeup Artist

Noted editorial photographer Ian Spanier takes photos that tell a story. Whether he’s shooting images of celebrities, fitness models or doing a portrait, he crafts the shot so... Continue Reading...

 

Man of Steel

“Put on your safety goggles,” says Val, “there’s gonna be some glowing hot stuff flyin’ around in about ten seconds.” Valerio Valera is... Continue Reading...

 

Variations on a Studio Head Shot

A funny thing regularly happens when we at Photoflex® hold lighting seminars or demonstrations and we're able to display the (before and after) "result" images on a large... Continue Reading...

 

Baby Portraits with the XS OctoDome Kit

What's the difference between a good baby portrait and a great baby portrait? Well, the answer is debatable, but most professional photographers would probably agree it all comes down... Continue Reading...

 

Amping Up Your Portable Lighting Gear

Woody Guthrie once said with respect to crafting songs, "If you play more than two chords, you're showing off." Similar could be said of how many lights a photographer... Continue Reading...

 

Ring Flash Effects with the OctoDome: extra small

In this lesson, Blair Bunting demonstrates how to use an extra small OctoDome® to get the look of an expensive ring light. Ring lights create a soft shadow around... Continue Reading...

 

Exploring Lighting Options With Indoor Portraits

Featuring the affordable Extra Small Wireless Kit, this lesson demonstrates some basic strategies for getting your young, restless subject to interact naturally with the camera. As well as some techniques... Continue Reading...

Flash - Portable Strobe

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part III

If you have followed the last two NASCAR lighting lessons here on Photoflex Lighting School, you have seen how photographer Ian Spanier faced the challenges shooting at such an event.... Continue Reading...

 

Beauty Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

    Trying New Things I definitely fall into the category of photographers who get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Although I am often hired to... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part II

In his previous lesson, Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard, Ian Spanier details how getting thrown into the chaotic frenzy of a NASCAR infield on the weekend of a major... Continue Reading...

 

Seasoned Beauty Lighting, Italian Style! Bonus Video Included

Italian Pro Showcase photographer Roberto Insalata provides insight on his recipe for captivating beauty shots. My Approach This may sound strange, but when I photograph a person or an object,... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 2 Bonus Video Included

This is the second of a two-part beauty lesson. To see the first part, click here. More Drama After finishing with the first model, I decided to take my approach... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 1 Bonus Video Included

With beauty shots, there are often limiting factors one has to work with, including constrained composition, precision lighting, and minimal background elements. Pro Showcase photographer Laura Tillinghast is quite mindful... Continue Reading...

 

Jay P. Morgan and how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit Bonus Video Included

Jay P. Morgan travels to Boston for a photo-shoot aboard the oldest working ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution. Which meant that he needed to use portable, lightweight, dependable lighting gear. Watch this video to see how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit! Continue Reading...

 

The Need for Short Flash Duration Bonus Video Included

My name is David Hou and I am an advertisement photographer from Toronto, Canada. Some of my most exciting assignments involve photographing dancers and actors for theatre show advertisement. Often,... Continue Reading...

 

Exploring Urban Landscapes

In this lesson, David Cross explores areas in his region that tend to go unnoticed by the locals. One of his goals in this lesson was to use an overlooked... Continue Reading...

 

Rocking Out Bonus Video Included

To make a visually stunning rock band image, Kevin Kubota was ready with a plan, a location, and the right gear. Working with the band Lyible, from Bend, Oregon, Kevin... Continue Reading...

 

The BlueStreak Flashbulb Photo Shoot

Prepare for an interesting journey into the past using a brand new piece of lighting equipment. In this brief lesson, Jeffery Jay Luhn uses Bare Bulb technique with the newly... Continue Reading...

 

The 60-Minute Photo Shoot

60 minutes for a photo-shoot that includes shots of the lighting setup isn’t a lot of time. But it’s a realistic benchmark for thousands of photographers who... Continue Reading...

 

The Composite/HDR Portrait

In this lesson, Michael Corsentino taps into the power of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and combines it with the technique of background dropout to create a dramatic sports portrait. ... Continue Reading...

 

What Sized Soft Box Should I Use?

  Every year, the OctoDome® series of modifiers is used in hundreds of thousands of fashion shoots, editorial spreads, wedding photos, and portraits. It’s impossible to recognize... Continue Reading...

 

Man of Steel

“Put on your safety goggles,” says Val, “there’s gonna be some glowing hot stuff flyin’ around in about ten seconds.” Valerio Valera is... Continue Reading...

 

Edgy Fashion Portraits in an Abandoned Laboratory Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, fine-art photographer Miss Aniela demonstrates how to create compelling fashion portraits using flash on location. This shoot took place in an abandoned building in Kent, England, with... Continue Reading...

Flash - Studio Strobe

 

Beauty Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

    Trying New Things I definitely fall into the category of photographers who get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Although I am often hired to... Continue Reading...

 

Umbrellas 101 Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, LA photographer Jay P. Morgan demonstrates how to use umbrellas on set. Umbrellas are great modifiers and the ones that most people start with. They’re... Continue Reading...

 

Testing Out The New 72” Silver Umbrella

My name is Trevor Sherwin and I’m a boudoir photographer in Toronto, Canada. I also teach a variety of lighting workshops from the basics to advanced techniques.... Continue Reading...

 

The SHAPE Magazine Shoot Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, Ian Spanier shows how adding something as simple as a Photoflex WhiteDome to an overhead light, even when used on a white set, can make a subtle,... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 2 Bonus Video Included

This is the second of a two-part beauty lesson. To see the first part, click here. More Drama After finishing with the first model, I decided to take my approach... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 1 Bonus Video Included

With beauty shots, there are often limiting factors one has to work with, including constrained composition, precision lighting, and minimal background elements. Pro Showcase photographer Laura Tillinghast is quite mindful... Continue Reading...

 

Beauty Shot in a German Studio Bonus Video Included

In portrait and fashion photography, it's important to direct the light.  And for beauty shots, it's often important to create symmetrical lighting.  For this shoot, German... Continue Reading...

 

StarFlash Kit Portraits at Home

You don't have to own a photo studio or break the bank in order to create beautiful full-length portraits. Some of the most arresting indoor portraits can be made... Continue Reading...

 

Easy Studio-Style Portraits on Location

This lesson demonstrates how to prepare a very simple portrait lighting set-up on location and make it look as though it was shot in the studio. Here, our subject was... Continue Reading...

 

Indoor Family Portraits with a StarFlash® Kit

An indoor family portrait can be a very challenging photographic assignment, and much of your success will depend on your lighting conditions. Indoor lighting is often relatively dark and uneven,... Continue Reading...

 

At Home Portraits with the StarFlash 300 Umbrella Kit

Want to plan a portrait session at home but don't know where to begin with lighting? Coming away with professional-level results is easier than you might think! In this... Continue Reading...

 

Full Length Portrait with the OctoDome®: medium

Full-length studio portraits can be complex and daunting for even the most experienced photographer. It's not unusual for a photographer to get caught up trying to implement various lighting... Continue Reading...

 

Rocking Out Bonus Video Included

To make a visually stunning rock band image, Kevin Kubota was ready with a plan, a location, and the right gear. Working with the band Lyible, from Bend, Oregon, Kevin... Continue Reading...

 

The Pure White Background Done Right

Photographers are often required to produce photos with pure white backgrounds for many purposes: Fashion catalogs, product pages on websites, book illustrations, scientific and industrial uses, etc. Art directors call... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting the Wedding Couple Outdoors

A skilled wedding photographer knows how to create images that the bride and groom will treasure for years to come. And much of that knowledge concerns lighting. The more comfortable... Continue Reading...

 

Three Light Portrait: More Lights, More Choices

The more lights you have in your studio, the greater the variety of lighting setups you can achieve. Studio lighting is often improved by subtle positional changes, as well as... Continue Reading...

 

Boudoir on Water

Most commercial photographers are familiar with the elegant results of shooting products on black glass, but because of cost and the dangers of breaking large sheets of glass, the technique... Continue Reading...

 

Portraits Using Gels

Ever wonder how some photographers are able to render vivid colors of ordinary scenes? If you're thinking it's all in the camera, well, mostly it isn't. Color,... Continue Reading...

 

Location Assignment: Firehouse Portraits

New York photographer Ian Spanier shot the images for this lesson at the Riverview Manor Firehouse in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York using members of Engine 46 as his models. These portraits -... Continue Reading...

 

Better Photo Merges Through Lighting

When it comes to merging two separate images together for seamless results, consistent lighting is key. You may be a wiz at digital manipulation, but if the lighting elements in... Continue Reading...

 

A Glamour Advertising Shoot Done Quickly

Paul Markow has been shooting professionally for over 30 years. He considers himself very lucky to work at a creative job that most people only dream of doing. Paul is home... Continue Reading...

 

Recreating Loft Style Lighting

Simple is good. Paul Markow shows us why as he revisits classic high key lighting reminiscent of Irving Penn’s series of Vogue Magazine covers from 1943. The technique looks... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting Angular Features

  Lighting is a game of angles – angles of incidence, angles of reflectance – it’s a bank shot on a billiards table where light is the photographer... Continue Reading...

 

The Composite/HDR Portrait

In this lesson, Michael Corsentino taps into the power of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and combines it with the technique of background dropout to create a dramatic sports portrait. ... Continue Reading...

 

Recreating 1920’s Portrait Lighting Bonus Video Included

For thirty years, Mark Rockwood has worked as a highly sought-after commercial photographer for local and national accounts that include L.L. Bean and Brookstone. But his fine art photography... Continue Reading...

Continuous Lights - Tungsten

 

An After School Portrait

Now that the kids are back in school again, what better way to get great indoor portraits of your young student than with the Photoflex First Studio Portrait Kit. With... Continue Reading...

 

An After School Portrait

Now that the kids are back in school again, what better way to get great indoor portraits of your young student than with the Photoflex First Studio Portrait Kit. With... Continue Reading...

 

Using Constant Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

  Using Constant Lighting for Stills and Video from Photoflex, Inc. on Vimeo.   Why Continuous Lights? Continuous lights can often be dismissed as outdated equipment in the photographic world,... Continue Reading...

 

Leading the Cheer with Photoflex Gear! Bonus Video Included

Recently, Pro Showcase Photographers Alycia White and Benjamin Edwards teamed up to produce a lesson and video on some simple-yet-powerful indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.  Alycia shot indoors, while... Continue Reading...

 

Dramatic Portrait Using the OctoDome NXT Kit

Creating a sense of drama in a portrait does not need be a difficult task as long as you employ the right tools and techniques. As opposed to the traditional... Continue Reading...

 

Using the String Method for Consistent Portraits

In this lesson, we wanted to show how to set up and shoot the perfect portrait every time. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can rig your portrait... Continue Reading...

 

HD Video & Stills Lighting with the Constellation3

With the recent advent of HD video functionality in SLR cameras, photographers are now able to shoot stills and video, all with the same camera! And just as with still... Continue Reading...

 

Basic Portrait with Two OctoDomes

The basics of portrait photography could fill volumes. We have chosen to concentrate on the application of two three-foot OctoDome nxts for this basic two-light portrait. We will also introduce... Continue Reading...

 

The First Studio Portrait Kit

Traditional photography portraiture has long included umbrellas as light sources. These simple, effective reflectors significantly improve the quality and size of light coming from an 8" reflector. In this lesson we... Continue Reading...

 

Articulating Your Vision with the First Studio Portrait Kit

Have you ever envisioned a portrait in your mind and set out to create that image and mood through photographic means? If so, you no doubt have encountered the task... Continue Reading...

 

Dramatic Portrait with the Starlite OctoDome nxt Kit

Creating a dramatic portrait can be a very simple task when you use the right tools. In many cases shooting a portrait with drama can be much easier than a... Continue Reading...

 

Do It Yourself: Passport Photos with the First Studio Portrait Kit

Chances are, if you're handy with a camera, you've been asked the following question: "I need a photo for my passport. Can you take it for me?" And... Continue Reading...

 

FirstStudio Fashion at Photokina

There's a lot of great things to be said about Photoflex, a company that has now been in business for over 25 years. It's comprised of people who are... Continue Reading...

 

QuikDisc®: White Balancing with the StarLite®

With so many types of lighting sources on the market today, countless photographers find themselves challenged with keeping their images properly color balanced. This lesson illustrates appropriate use and function... Continue Reading...

 

Head & Shoulders Portrait with Compact Lighting and Reflectors

A frequent assignment for a portrait photographer is the headshot, or head-and-shoulders shot, for a model or a businessperson's portfolio. This lesson illustrates a few tips about lighting for... Continue Reading...

 

Creating Beautiful Living Room Portraits

  During this holiday season, why not take advantage of the fact that you'll be indoors with family and friends by shooting some nice portraits? Even if you're... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting for DSLRs with HD Video

With the recent advent of HD video functionality in SLR cameras, photographers are now able to shoot stills and video, all with the same camera! And just as with still... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting for both Stills and HD Video Bonus Video Included

These days, even the most modest of digital cameras can produce high quality imagery. Now anyone can take beautiful photographs and videos under any lighting conditions, right? Well, not exactly.... Continue Reading...

 

The Wakeboard Studio Shoot Bonus Video Included

One of photographer Patrick Hall's favorite things about living in Charleston, South Carolina is being close to the ocean. He loves being in and around the water, and although... Continue Reading...

 

An After School Portrait

Now that the kids are back in school again, what better way to get great indoor portraits of your young student than with the Photoflex First Studio Portrait Kit. With... Continue Reading...

Continuous Lights - CFL

 

Portrait Lighting with Constellation3 Continuous Light Kits

Simple continuous lighting can produce beautiful results for many types of portraiture. But simply having good lighting tools can only get you so far. Knowing how to position them and... Continue Reading...

 

Shooting Continuous Light Portraits with Ease

If you want to shoot indoor studio portraits but have never done it before, one of the major challenges you’ll face is creating and controlling your lighting. When... Continue Reading...

 

Extending Daylight Indoors

There are basically two types of lighting you can use when it comes to still photography: strobe/flash lighting and continuous/available lighting. Strobes or camera flashes produce daylight-balanced lighting,... Continue Reading...

 

HD Video & Stills Lighting with the Constellation3

With the recent advent of HD video functionality in SLR cameras, photographers are now able to shoot stills and video, all with the same camera! And just as with still... Continue Reading...

Continuous Lights - LED

 

Beauty Lighting for Stills and Video Bonus Video Included

    Trying New Things I definitely fall into the category of photographers who get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Although I am often hired to... Continue Reading...

Reflectors/Diffusers

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part III

If you have followed the last two NASCAR lighting lessons here on Photoflex Lighting School, you have seen how photographer Ian Spanier faced the challenges shooting at such an event.... Continue Reading...

 

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 2 Bonus Video Included

This is the second of a two-part beauty lesson. To see the first part, click here. More Drama After finishing with the first model, I decided to take my approach... Continue Reading...