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How to light only using two $10 bulbs

Albert Watson

Masters of Photography

Albert Watson

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46. How to light only using two $10 bulbs
This is a incredible lesson where Albert demonstrates to you that expensive lighting equipment is by no means a necessity! Discover how to use two $10 bulbs to create a dramatic, high contrast shot. Simply genius.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1 Meet your Master 01:26 2 Learn from the journey 15:24 3 Using inspirations 08:43 4 Photography is stopping time 09:27 5 Albert's library of ideas 08:30 6 Tips on preparing for a portrait shoot 12:10 7 Setting up the studio 04:56 8 Understanding studio collaboration 07:35
9 The importance of casting and hair & make-up 08:59 10 Foreground studio set up 08:46 11 Studio session with a model - set up 1 11:23 12 Studio session with a model - set up 2 05:55 13 Studio session with a model - set up 3 08:01 14 Picking the best shot 03:36 15 Working with photoshop 13:14 16 Creating a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock 04:18 17 The gigantic question... Colour or black and white? 07:55 18 One day with Kate Moss 05:06 19 Learn to have your ideas ready 06:14 20 Using Polariods 06:29 21 Creating beautiful photographs of hands 04:45 22 Controlling natural light 05:38 23 Shooting a monkey with a gun 06:27 24 Choosing your format 07:13 25 Composition and lens 04:47 26 Shooting landscapes. The Isle of Skye 15:18 27 Planning and ideas for a landscape shoot 06:32 28 Creating still life images 13:48 29 Photographing the Lost Diary 10:53 30 Shooting album covers 03:09 31 The Strip Search Project 10:28 32 Shooting Las Vegas landscapes 08:24 33 Photographing Breaunna 07:21 34 Balancing daylight, God bless America 03:45 35 Creating the Maroc Project 10:21 36 Creating the Maroc shoot 08:11 37 Photographing sand dunes 04:09 38 Photographing Moroccan children 10:42 39 Advice on making portraits 10:12 40 How to be alert to finding photographs 07:36 41 Making a portrait of Mike Tyson 02:40 42 Creating intense colour in a photograph 03:05 43 Portraits of rap stars and a Golden Boy 08:40 44 Photographing Jack Nicholson 04:21 45 Creating a portrait of David Cronenberg 02:14 46 How to light only using two $10 bulbs 07:30 47 Studio fashion set up 4 10:48 48 Studio session with a model. The geography of a face 13:05 49 Look inside the picture 02:57 50 Creating memorability in an image 02:54 51 Combining nudes and landscapes 04:52 52 A perfect print 07:51 53 The business side of things 06:51 54 Conclusion and farewell 03:55

Lesson Info

How to light only using two $10 bulbs

So a lot of times of course I'm using a lot of expensive lighting equipment. I'm sure sometimes upwards of 60, $70,000 worth of light. And here I thought we would just see if we can get a decent portrait using two basically $10 bulbs. So that you don't necessarily perhaps have to have a lot of expensive equipment. That you can maybe get started with something very very simple. So just the movements are fairly small that you would do. So if I asked you to turn your head to the side, don't just shoot it over. Because then I see the light travel across your face. So just bring the face, the head this way. A little bit there. Okay. So let's try this as a possibility. So you're here but now turn your head to me. In this case you might have to use the dreaded boom but maybe not. I think you can ease this light gently back a little bit. You know it's in a good position but if you kind of hold the, In the background or? Just away from him. So I know it'll bring the background up a little b...

it. Let's see how it looks. So we don't. And you're looking just great right now. Come forward a little bit, a little bit higher up there with the eyes. That's it. Just stay there. You have a little bit of card? So what we have to do here. Ed maybe and Taro, is move the light to the other side I think. Although it's quite nice. It's not bad really. Just a fraction turn your head this way. Keep turning. (camera clicking) You look at that right now. Even if you have closed your eyes. I certainly have, I can see the sweater. Very low contrast. I think it's probably pretty good. I think that we would take a little off the background it's too bright. All right just Edwin why don't you hit the frame there? Yes sir. Do you have another flag there? You good? Yup. (camera clicking) Tiny bit turn your head this way. Little bit more. Is this in frame? Out of it, no. Let's just do the very obvious thing here Taro. Just move the canvas. You're going to move the canvas back. And go slightly counter clock. Which would mean Ed would go at a faster rate than you. Just go back into it roughly. This way, good. About my hand here. Straighten a little bit that way. Turn your head this way a little bit. And a tiny cock, that's it. You're right on it right now. So if you look at the videos, when you use a bulb like this is obviously at really high contrast. So you're ending up with a high contrast shot. So the high contrast is really enabling you to, to do a dramatic shot. But what I've done is I've just softened the top a little bit to push the emphasis onto the center part of the frame by using this flag here and also this little flag here. Just to cut a little bit of light on this side. So if you're to exaggerate what these flags are doing, you can see there. That the flags are cutting some of the top. And the flag on this side is just taking some of the weight off of this cheekbone here. And then the second bulb is just putting a little bit of energy into the canvas at the back there. Now the camera angle, we're on a 110 lens here. The height of the camera is low. So you should always think about that. So the camera height is here. So we're looking up at him. So the shot's a little bit, the shot is a little bit heroic and dramatic. So it's a fairly just straightforward dramatic portrait. But the important thing is here, from beginning to end here, we're just a little bit more than five minutes. So it's just to let you see how quickly you can get to something that you might be able to use early on in putting together a portfolio. That you decide to find a lot of interesting people, take them in, but you have to begin to work with this. So as that you begin to see what the light, you know what light can do. And what the flags are doing and so on. So you have to begin to learn to really look at what light does on a face here you know. And you know, can I do something more unusual you know? Adrian if you hit that. (camera clicking) You can almost you know that very corny expression, you're painting with light here. And just hit it again. (camera clicking) You can just very simply create mysterious images, stranger images, if you're concentrating. And as long as you have a friend that's over their head in the shot of when you're creating it. Just go back one frame. You can see that you can create strange, unusual shapes with just something as simple as a $10 bulb. So although this is a very simple set, two $10 bulbs, there are limitations here. You end up, your ISO is very high here. Can be 1600, 3200 even. So you're really increasing the ISO because you have no shutter speed to work with and of course the great advantage of strobe is of course you have shutter speed and you have greater depth and greater power. But the important thing about this as a learning experience is that working with two bulbs like this can teach you how to work later with a strobe. Once you've made a few dollars then you can buy your first strobe and get a couple of heads and so on. But this is a great way of producing, you know you can produce a whole portfolio of work. But there are limitations to this. But it's a great, simple way to get started.

Class Description



IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs
  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs


ABOUT ALBERT’S CLASS:

Learn how Albert creates his amazing photographs on location and in the studio using simple explanations.

Albert reveals his shoot secrets on how he photographs Presidents, Hollywood stars, music’s greatest artists, landscapes, nudes, chimpanzees and still life. We follow him on location in Morocco, Paris and in his studio in New York. You will find out where he suggests you look to get inspiration, how to approach a portrait session, see how to light like Albert.

We show you exactly how Albert works on these images after the shoot, it’s all about Albert giving you his ideas and advice and helping you see and create better images for yourself.

It’s not about what camera to use, it’s about how to see and develop ideas, concepts and narrative to make stunning photographs.

As Albert says..."You have to stay switched on"

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a Creativelive Student
 

I purchased my first CreativeLive class in 2011 and have continued to purchase many classes over the years. I have learned so much from the many great instructors. This one is not a technical class that will tell you to set your camera at f4, 1/60, ISO 400 and you can get this shot. If you are looking for that, there are many other options. If you have a solid working knowledge of photography, this class is so much more. The way it was filmed is like you are there with him in conversation or in the room with him watching him shoot. To see and understand the how and why he does what he does. Not to take anything away from other classes that have helped to give me a strong understanding of photography, this is my favorite CreativeLive class so far.