Creating Stunning Portraits With Rotolight AEOS and NEO2

The good folk at Rotolight lent us two pieces of kit for this demo: the Rotolight AEOS and the NEO 2. These lights were originally designed for video work, but Rotolight have added a strobe feature that means they can be used like studio flash lights or location strobes (off-camera flash). They are extremely lightweight, very portable and their battery goes on as long as you can. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions …

Video: Studio Lighting For Available-Light Photographers

Perhaps you’re fairly (or very) comfortable with window-lit portraiture, but feel a little intimated by the idea of studio strobes. If so, you’re definitely not alone! For a very long time, I struggled to understand all the technical detail that seemed to be a requirement for getting started with studio lighting, especially as I just wanted to get back to what I love doing most – creating beautiful portraits! I finally had a breakthrough and realised that my knowledge of photographing …

Video: BJJ Fighters – Pose, Shoot, Photoshop

In this video, we take a couple of good friends of the studio – Chris and Ben – who are both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Fighters and create some images for their new YouTube channel. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show: How I work with, pose and frame two subjects for an image that will fit a wide aspect ratio (for a video channel). How to light dark-toned clothes so that they stand out on a dark background. JOIN NOW to …

Video: Headshots with whatever you’ve got (studio flash / speedlights / windowlight)

Want to create corporate headshots but not sure how? Scared of studio or location lighting? Wondering how to work with windowlight? This video shows how you can create striking, flattering and professional-looking headshots no matter what your lighting set-up is. First, Paul talks about the importance of eye contact in corporate headshots. He explains what to consider when planning what orientation to use (upright or landscape format), and talks about how the confidence of both photographer and subject develops over …

Video: Replicating a windowlight portrait using studio lighting

Achieve the soft, gentle and natural look of a window-lit portrait using carefully positioned studio flash. If you want to replicate the look and feel of natural lighting after the sun has set or when the window-light is just too weak, here’s how you can do it with flash. I’ve used two studio lights: one to light my subject, and another to throw enough light around the room to subtly separate her dark outfit from the black paper behind her. …

Video: Characterful portrait trio of Rob using studio lighting

Create strong, masculine and characterful portraits by controlling your light and shadow areas. I see WAY too many studio portraits with flat lighting. In this video I explain why I hate images where light is thrown from every direction on to the subject and background. Don’t be scared of shadows. They bring shape, depth and character to portraits. In fact, when you bring shadows into play, you can effectively capture subjects in white clothes on white backgrounds, JOIN NOW to …

Video: How to photograph two men with different heights, skin tones & face shapes!

Create a film-poster style portrait of two guys with contrasting physical characteristics. My team challenged me to take a portrait of Rob and Matt (our video editor) together, using just one studio light. The point to prove was how to flatter both of my subjects when they each have very different heights, skin tones and face shapes. As I explain in this video, the strategies I apply here can be used in any situation where you are photographing two people …

Video: Three studio portrait ideas for working with dark skin

Add shape and depth to portraits of dark-skinned subjects by manipulating the highlights on their face and body. Whereas shadows create definition in portraits of pale-skinned subjects, for dark-skinned subjects the opposite applies. Instead, you create shape and depth by focusing on the highlights. This approach to lighting dark skin applies whether you are a studio or natural light photographer, so make sure you watch this video to understand the concept. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, …

Video: Studio portrait of a ballet dancer en pointe

Sneak behind-the-scenes of one of my most popular images and find out why you don’t need to get everything right in-camera all of the time. Professionally-trained ballet dancer Emily Gloyens rises en pointe as red satin flows around her. This poppy-like portrait merges the stylings of a fashion shoot with the energy, elegance and movement of a dancer’s portrait. Things weren’t quite so serene in the studio, however. Find out how I captured and created this image, JOIN NOW to …

Video: Capture elegant portraits with soft but simple studio lighting

Bring elegance to your portraits with a soft and simple one-light set-up. A beautiful subject can be undone by ugly lighting. Instead, think about whether the characteristics of your light flatter your subject and complement the qualities you are trying to convey about him or her in your final image. In this video, you’ll see me working to capture a gentle, softly lit portrait of a professionally-trained ballet dancer (after we were worn out capturing more dynamic dance-themed portraits!), JOIN …