SkillSet: Best of Lighting

Lesson 13 of 34

Mike Fulton: On Camera TTL and High Speed Sync

 

SkillSet: Best of Lighting

Lesson 13 of 34

Mike Fulton: On Camera TTL and High Speed Sync

 

Lesson Info

Mike Fulton: On Camera TTL and High Speed Sync

so what is tl we just used teo in our flash and t tl is and I just said I don't like anything auto in a sense what details an auto meter ring system it's come a long way I se teoh and said ear I details we said earlier but just to let you know we're in the third generation of tl technology my nolte years ago developed it canon nikon kind of borrowed it and then can kind of borrowed it again but it's all the same it is amount of your cannon is a matter of your nikon doesn't matter your soni doesn't matter it's all the same technology and the way it is and I want to read this too because this is what we were doing with on camera on camera flash the flashes on the camera teal is a photographic term describing a feature of cameras capable of measuring light levels in a scene through their lands this information can then be used to select a proper exposure and or controlled amount of light admitted for the flash of the camera so what just happened on that flash how I got that proper exposur...

e when macy was standing here I said all my camera setting just like I had remember I said I got the am exactly where I wanted it to be now I'm not touching my camera setting anymore happy I'm going to my flash I turn my flash on and I take the photo and it seems to be proper exposure on her I didn't really have to just anything at even exposure how did that happen what happens is when I push that button on my camera and we don't need to switch over teo tethering I just want to show this when I push the button here raise it up a little faster it looks like one flash what's actually happening is when I push the button all the way down halfway down it focuses all the way down it takes the image but in that split second all this happens the flash the camera goes wait wait I got a flash on top of my camera it's on tnt tl mode e teo for cannon tl for nikon it's going to send out the camera commands the flashes send out a pre flash of one thirty second power so in that flash that looks like one flash there's a bunch of flash burst going off you could film it and slow it down it's like a morse code of light it's a bunch of little pulses the very first polls it sends out a pre flash of one thirty second power that one thirty second is important because it has that's the known amount of light it goes it bounce off macey came back through the linens and with the model like that came back through the lens of the camera knew that that light originated at one thirty second power so it did its calculation to get proper exposure from that if a little bit of light came through it would do its calculation to tell it to output more like in the final exposure if a lot of light came through it would do its calculations until it to lower the power but then you have the adjustments which is where I messed up and forgot to change and I can raise it up or raze it down the power lower down the power so again as I've been saying technology is great but you're the final artist so it's going to do its calculations and that the calculation is incorrect for your liking or not what you want you can raise or lower it so what you need yes might be referring to a justin your power flash compensation last compensation thie in camera flash compensation no the external flash compensation yeah the camera would be well technically there is no one here you can adjust it in cameras well that's right but with an external flash hyo suggests you adjusted it on the external flash the main reason on your camera if you look at your camera you're gonna have the meter that you normally see and that's the exposure compensation meter that's the ambient light meter basically that's that is this in a sense in your camera the flash compensation is the power your flash but to see that in your camera unless you have one of the pro cameras that actually has two meter is in it you have to actually push the flash aah button on your camera and then that majoring mode that means exposure mode meter will actually change your flash compensation meter I don't like that because if I have a problem I want to see everything right away I don't want to have to push another button to know which ones what and I might get confused in a fast paced situation where I'm starting to freak out that my expose your compensation meter is my flash compensation meter and so by having an external I literally see my power right on the back of my lcd I literally could see my camera my exposure compensation is I can see on the back of my flash my flash compensation and I can adjust to be happy but that's also why I say I just my camera settings first and then don't touch him and then just adjust my flash compensation to adjust for whatever I'm photographing so in a sense your exposure compensation is controlling your ambient light your flask compensation is controlling your foreground which is in this case macey our model our subject that makes sense good any of the questions real quick no okay so tt l will actually do that every single time that pre flack bounced back through the lens comes back gives a proper calculations and then give the proper amount of light what it thinks his proper mental it's technically a reflective amount of light because its reflecting off the surface and that's the key to tl and where so many people mess up with tio because with reflective surface you can always trick it so macy had dark hair and she had a dark purple shirt on so pretty much what we consider that photography loki everything was dark which is great but if you get a groom a dark after american groom wearing a white tux completely different exposures you can have problems with tl because I can meet her on his face at one point and it's going to give me a reflective source if I'm using spot metering or I could meet her on his shirt his tux that white talks and it's going to give me a completely different meeting so lots of times t tl works lawless but the photographer is meeting on something incorrectly or different each time which gives him a completely different flash exposure compensation and unfortunately is a human being we don't want to blame ourselves too much we seem to blend the technology and so it would be the tt l's fault and not the human input fault now it can't help meeting modes I said what is the tt I mean I said I'm spot metering if I use a value to which is matrix for nikon takes everything play it does help so that's taking in everything that I actually seeing that image but when I have a really difficult situation like that I put it on spot meter and I will meet her on his face or her face because that is what the images about and maybe I'll under exposing a little bit so that flash won't blow out that white tux on that white wedding gown but that that's how tt a work so I literally could come in here I just it I shoot it and if it's too bright or to look or not brought enough I'll just my flash compensation to adjust for that it depends on how much light which is where we're going next depends on how much light a takeaway and everything else okay so in t ell the modes are adjusted in numbers we're gonna talk about manu in a minute after the break but in t t l the motor adjusted in actual one third stops so you're literally khun b at if you see on this on the flashback there it says plus one third that is plus one third of a flash exposure compensation higher than what normally if you're even there won't be any numbers where that plus one thirty is on canon nikon works very very similar on the back of nikon you'll actually have one two three numbers up and down that you can change jj is very similar but in t t l mode you'll have in cannes and you have the one thirds it will be one third two third it'll be one one and one third one two thirds too and you can go all the way up to three plus three you can always go down the negative three she have a six full innocent stops a power change built into your flash and you saw my mess up earlier when I did plus three it actually works so when I raise it up it's giving me what it thinks it's proper exposure but it's saying how you're the boss you want plus three some giving you plus three too and obviously didn't work out too well in that case so you want to be able to simply just and that's that custom function I talked about number thirteen in the canon flashes where I could simply just dial that in the dye on the back to adjust the flash compensation it really helps I don't have to hit the send button nikon you could just hit the button up and down it's a lot easier I think in the whole scale of things so here's here's the whole whole scale of things I didn't leave that the four other fractions in but you have all the three power and you have all the way down that week the negative three power wind out start off it even start off zero and when you're learning this and I'm gonna repeat this several times this week when you're learning this make big steps and your change don't just go from take the shot it looks all right but let me just raise it two plus one third raise it to plus one plus two even see what that light is doing see where it's falling on your subject because once you see it and you know what that flash is putting out then you confined to knit but you've got to see it before you can do it and that's the horn of the hardest things about flash photography is seeing the light to know where you want to place it but to how to control it so when you're first starting just like I did hear I made mistakes on purpose I want you to raise it up or lower drastically so you can see what it does so how do we can pet compact capture images differently with flash on camera and tomo compared to natural light only a natural life photographer is when we do it all the time I think light is like and I think this is a lot of people we do get hung up on suzie and I both get hung up on on off camera lighting all the time because that's our passion and that's what it's our go to it's like the easy thing in the toolbox but as I said earlier you don't ever want to stop challenging yourself and so we review each other's images all the time and we'll come up from the beach and should just be so excited she'll get an image and it's a awesome images beautiful and I go wow look at that natural light you missed and then she gets mad at me and called me a few choice words because I'm her husband and we move on but she realized and the same she does the same to me that we're so hung up on that one style a lighting that we missed the other life that was around us flash photography is just another form of life it's artificial but it's still part of the ambient world another type of light so with natural light usually have toe over expose your exposure compensation when you're outside to get enough light in their eyes and so you blow out the background the grass kind of looks lime green said of the deep green that it is because you've got to get enough light in their eyes because that's what we're photographing people you've got to get to the light in their eyes and if you're like me though I have makeup on today I normally have giant eye bags under my eyes and so you really have to get a lot of live in their eyes with flash photography you can lower the background down and then allow that flash just slightly kiss their face toe lighten up their face and so you get the deep greens that we normally see with the human eye and then you don't have to be so dramatic you conceal this doesn't look that flashy it looks it has flash in it but it's not that overdramatic look you can the image they used for our main image which the girl on the beach that's a dramatic image so we easily could do that or we could make it look very much like natural light with just a little kiss of life arise or we can drop it down a little bit you're in complete control outside what you want the image to look like and that's what I like flash talk that's why susan I get so hung up on flash photography because we can do anything with it and natural tow us sometimes like I'm missing something but then when we get the image or like oh god this image is gorgeous but it just does it it just seems like because we love flash so much so basically what we're going to go from here is I want to start you understanding the steps of how tow work inside and outside and a lot of people think that's different and it's not the exact same steps inside or outside they're just different numbers but how you can actually control how much background you wantto have exposure wise and how much foreground you want to have so we said at the beginning when our host asked how many problems and what do you say I have lots of problems of capturing that light outside that blue sky or whatever it is and then still exposed for my subject I want to start understand getting you guys to understand how that works with flash on the camera that makes sense so here paired the other image this image natural light blows out everything meter for her it's a beautiful image so when my favorite seniors we've ever had she's this year um and so we take the shot but if you look real close because it's what angle they're still it's a little dark in her eyes I mean really we needed a little reflect her for a little pop in the eyes or something but it works because it's a wider angle he was a tighter shot it wouldn't have worked so much because their eyes will look a little money the next time you ever go to a trade show you gotto goto imaging peep a imaging yusa it's in nashville coming up in january and walk through the print competition you'll see all the prints that scored a high print which will be hanging they all have light in their eyes they have that pop there's a reflection in their eyes every every time you see a magazine article magazine print you're going tohave pop in their eyes we as humans don't really photographers were going to look at it but as a general public they don't look at the life of me I just know that that image looks good if you took the same shot and didn't have light in the eyes the dead eyes to dead image it doesn't look as good that is one key when we're in portrait half muggle is you have to see the color of their eyes I don't care if it's my wife who's full korean that has very very dark eyes they're still separation between the color of our eyes and our people and I failed an artist as a photographer if I can't see that color and so that's what I use my flash for lots of times is to see that color of rise if you have someone with light eyes it's easy like me with blue eyes that they shine that's easy but so I would lower the flash down a little bit and get just a little bit of light in their eyes but here this is great I like it but here what we did is we meet her mainly for the sun coming in on her head because that sun is so bright that this was natural light it's almost blown out here but if it was natural light no flat it would be really blown out I mean almost to the point where my eye goes to the brightest sichuan brightest part of her hair not arise that's the other thing I want to bring up whatever the brightest item is in the image of the human will go to it or if you use in rather yellows there's a there's a coincidence while a lot of fast food restaurants use reds and yellows in the marketing because those air really really predominant colors for the human eye to look at so I would meet her for the her hair in my camera or if I had a light meter meter for that and then that lowers the bag around my exposure conversation my camera that lowers it and then I'm adjusting my flash compensation to give me the proper model light in your eyes does that make sense yes camera flash so correct is it this is actually a little off camera yeah but we do on camera all the time the same because the way that we shoot off camera is we use a flash on cameras our master is our transmitter and so I will literally just take that flash away and then issues on camera because if I just need a cargo plane has been created lives amazing artist when I was teaching him off camera lighting years ago he completely revolutionized my world I gave him some tips and he gave me some tips which is one reason why I love teaching because you learn so much and he uses off camera lighting but he has the flash on the camera very low power and just give it a little kiss a light in the eyes every time and that's the part that really instilled in me that I gotta have that live in the eyes I have to have it I don't shoot the way he does but so many of his images are on camera lining he might use a reflector on the side in a flash up front on camera and it really allowed me to see because I'm such an off camera freak I'm like wait a minute this is a whole another way of doing this and it's so effective but he comes from another old school way that he's is he uses a tripod everywhere he goes and it's always on every you haven't seen his creative live class you on a bike because he's he's a he's just a he's a clown from seven from southern louisiana and home and he's just a great guy so I went down there just follow him and it was just amazing way to watch him howto work and so for me here you have the light coming in but you have to be really careful because I know the lights not very far off to the side on this emission why would that be by looking at it which which like golf game like I know that this this is that it's literally right beside the camera just cause where it's hitting her face if I had it off to the side with her hair you'd have shadows always cross your face with her here and so I know when you said that it's off camera yes the odds are it is off camera but it literally you could have gotten this almost exact same results with flash on camera because if it's too far with her bangs coming down on both sides you'd have these horrible shadows if you were using a flash okay so now we're getting the high speed sync and that's what I kind of want to end on a segment we're going to get into it how many people have used high speeds things before like she's like old no one's raising their hand and say I'm not going to raise it high speed sync is a wonderful thing but you could on lee and it's in here I'm going to show you but high speed sync is basically the ability of flash to get above that flashing speed so if you're one two hundredth of a second or one to fifty of the second you get above that flash six there's some drawbacks to it we're going to go to go over that but what's nice about it is for cannon it's a functionality of your flash so you just push this little button that little lightning bolt there for night kind of like your system better it's a functionality of the actual menu system and this is a model my old camera flash camera bodies excuse me but you go into his I call it the pencil mode the pencil menu and then you go into your flash sink settings and you actually the new cameras we'll actually have either one two fifty one three twenty of second and it's called f p auto auto f p whatever you want to call it a u f p that's the high speed sick and they actually nikon has started using the high speed sync terminology because that seems to been now taking over is the is the proper term the reason why I like nikon is better than canada is because I can sit in this menu and never have to worry about it again cameras cannons is a part of the flash and so every time I changed the batteries out of that flash every time I turn it on I have to physically look and make sure my high speed sync is on so you'll have to turn that on all the time because the problem is if you fail to look that for cannon and you go outside in the right situation and I'm in a remote and so I set my shutter speed and you might have stopped at two point eight outside of a bright day my shutter speed should be around one two thousands of a second probably and if that high speed seem kidding on guess what's gonna happen it's gonna drop down one two hundredth of a second so that's a huge so first of all your image is gonna be completely wide because you're letting too much light in and you're going to get so much in the mood you'll be taking four five shots before you look and realise that now you've lost those images but secondly the greatest tail cell sign of this warning for youse can use an icon but not you won't have it you set it and forget it is if you push the button halfway down which starts the thiel meeting the f stop and shutter speed and your f stop is two point eight where you said it and your shutter speed should be way above that it's only going to be a two hundred and two hundred will be blinking or if you're flashing speed is at two fifty two fifty will be blinking that's telling you hey idiot there's a problem here you're gonna have a problem with your flat are your your image and I didn't call you an idiot directly sir you can turn the speech control on and leave it on all the time absolutely in fact if they you find a reason and this goes everyone out in creative life any all found a reason there's a reason why you shouldn't have high speed sync on call me anytime of the day or night and you tell me why but it better be a good reason if it's the middle of the night because there's not a good reason I've thought this class for fifteen years on teo I've never found a good reason leave it and forget it that's why I like not calm better because if it drops below your sinks b you're back to normal so leave it the only possible ways when you get above your slink speed it's goingto use battery power but you're gonna have to do that if you want to think so that's not really a reason so we're going to kind of go into that in just a second what it does so this is what happens so if you get above your flashing speed I have my flash on can you move over to tethering real quick and I'm gonna take high speed sink off and I'm gonna be I'm just gonna take a picture of this it's not on me no big deal and so flat just shows the point so that's my image very soon now I want to go above my flashing speed without high speed sync on they didn't working on high speed sync on that would be why I like an idiot so I get above my flash think speed you're gonna have that black mind behind the two pictures were behind sorry I need to slow down I forget so that's one two hundredth of a second we're good they won't even let me get above my flashing speed now let me get out of this that's my problem so it's not even let me get above it there we go when I go from one to thousands of a second and I pushed my button he won't let me get above my flashing speed now if I had my strobe on I don't have my use this if I had a flash if I'm in the studio and I'm just doing this to show you how this system will work so bear with me because I want to be able to show you make sure we're on the same channels I'm like an idiot now because it won't work because it won't tell you anyway we'll get past this will show you um you're gonna have a black line at the bottom your image and I want to show you why that happens so roughly you have two curtains we kind of talked about in the first and second curtain you have your first curtain it opens up you take the image second curtain closes that's natural life flash photography first curtain opens all the way up flash goes off second card closes resets you shudder and most these cameras can go toe one eight thousands of a second there is no possible way that a shutter can open close at one thousand seconds and a flashing off it's just it's just it's just too fast little bee slit so what these engineers have done which I think is amazing is as that first curtain opens up and your high speed sink a flash fires multiple times so it's fire fire fire fire fire and is the second one closes its firing fire fire fire fire and then re since so instead of one giant flash burst you're getting a bunch of smaller flash burst the faster the shutter the smaller the faster the shutter the smaller the slit of like that that flash has to shove light through so instead of one one two under the second if you're my subject I can have my flash right here and it's gonna close you properly at one four hundredth of a second maybe I have to have a little closer one one thousand of a second I've got to be right here and one eight thousand second I have to have that light right on top because even if the same amount of power there's just so much little space that lycan go through to expose you properly but the benefits that are now I don't liken shoot it to eight outside in bright sunlight and she did one two thousand a second I don't have this problem anymore I won't have any that this is also one huge advantage that your flashes your speed lights can do over strokes no strobe can do high speed sync they could do a mock high speed think they can get a slightly above their flashing speed the pocket wizards have ah hyper sync and some other stuff so they can slightly get above it but it's not going to be a true high speed see because shrubs only have one big flash burst not multiple small ones so high speed sync is a valuable valuable valuable lesson and we're ending the segment so high speed think is a viable lesson leave it on all the time leave it on forget it can and people you have to get used to when you turn your flash on you looked for that little lightning bolt in h on the back you're elsie's lcd it'll be in the top left side of your lcd and if it's not there just push it before you take the first photograph using great if you don't grate but it's their nikon again I love you and the problem is with cannon this is one reason why nikon they're pop up flash and we're not talking really pop up flash today talking about external flash but their pop up flash khun do high speed sync we're cannons papa flashes if you do off camera lighting like the seventy I mean the seventy khun do the puppet flash can be a master but it can't do high speed stick because it's not built into the body of a cannon and it is built into the body of a knight got so plus one to the nightgown people big time but can this high speed sync be done off camera absolutely and we're going we're going to get into that mawr after we're gonna talk about tian off camera lighting stuff a little bit later in the next segment but yeah absolute that's what that is my playground off camera lining manual and off camera lighting and tl with all high speed seek you on ly khun do high speed sinking man and tt elmo though you can not do it emanuel and why would that be and we're going in the segment on that exactly it has to do all that it's genius thank you I'm actually might be teaching something so you actually it has to do all that meat oring for to know how much flash to put out an emmanuel mode it has no clue it's just whatever you said it it's going to fire and it won't do it so it's a it's a functionality of tl and so it goes back to what I said about my ugly beach and have the chemical company the background I can't use a flash I had to blow out the background the on ly option I had was tt on high speed sync and that's how I kind of learned all this because it was a need of necessity and the question yes sir for the high speed sync what is really a practical the shutter speed to use high speed sinker to effectively get high speed one two thousand second or dan you can get away with it but it all depends on the light practicality is is the environment that you're in so it's all going to change but I usually try not to get above one two thousand second cause then you're going to get really ah hard time of having that one flash just simply is not going to be enough toe like your subject the reality is it depends on what I want if I literally need to be a two point eight I'll shoot at one eight thousands of a second if I have to give me that freedom because in manual mode I'm stuck at one two hundred one fifth of a second and outside of f eleven or f sixteen everything's in focus and I'm stuck so my creativity is locked into that zone well with high speed sync I could be whatever I want I can do a two point eight and then I can literally just change my have stopped eleven and take another shot and have one completely unfocused one completely blurred out in the background and I won't change anything else so if I'm in a high speed think and I'm also and that has to be in each tvl before when I switch out of that to manual did it automatic will automatically switch out of phase with anything but if you get above your flashing speed you start having that black guy well cool I think that's the end of this segment I think we're doing great I love these questions how about some more absolutely for some more because the internet like they have a ton of questions on we want to thank you guys out there on the internet for your fantastic questions mike is here for two days so we're getting to a cz many on topic questions but we're saving your questions because a lot of this stuff will definitely cover during this general lot a lot a lot more coming so I'm gonna throw this one at you from isabelle who says when you are media ring in your camera while using tio should you aim to have a will exposed photo so be it zero or if you're too stops under exposed will the flash fire enough light to reach a good exposure first well that is a great thoughtful question I love it and the answer is yes on both the beauty of tl is whatever your camera setting is that first exposure compensation lower it raise it tt l still going to do that meter insists that we talked about and give you what it thinks is proper mental life so if I did the natural light where I just want a little bit of like I'm not gonna be very underexposed in my exposure compensation and it's going to give me a proper mental light but if I want to get edgy and drastic and I want to drop it to three stops it's still going to give me the proper mental life and so it all comes back to the whole term is you add flash to taste just like you add salt to your food to taste you might like only half a stop under I might like three stops under that's the artist so you can do both with this great fantastic and then this one is from remo who says I am a flash with both teo and auto flash mode on dh it seems to me that flash auto mode recharges much faster than tio and the ideas yeah there's not as much media and going on and that kind of goes into cannon on the back of your flash a good tale tell sign when your battery power is dying when you first turn it on your e t t l mode it's going to say e t t l which again is a third generation it doesn't most mathematical formula as your batteries start to die one it won't recharge is fast but to it's going to just say tt l in the back the e will disappear because it's saying guys I'm struggling here I can't do all this mathematics so I'm only going to do the tt l part which is averse generation and then if you don't change your batteries out after that it's going to scream at you because it's on lee going to be in manual mode and says dude I'm dying all's I can do it's just fire this will you please freaking change my batteries so that is a great sign on the back of cannon flashes that is exactly what he's talking about

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This comprehensive collection of CreativeLive’s most informative and hands-on lighting segments will prepare you to walk into any lighting situation and take a great photograph. 

 In SkillSet: Best of Lighting, you’ll watch clips from classes taught by leading photographers as they tackle a whole range of lighting challenges. Featuring some of our best moments, you’ll learn about: shaping natural light, working with unpredictable wedding lighting, managing speedlights and getting the most of out of your studio lights. You’ll also get a run down on lighting theory and fundamentals. And you’ll hear it from industry influencers: Sue Bryce, Scott Robert Lim, Mike Fulton, Tony Corbell, Clay Blackmore, Mark Wallace, Zack Arias, Joey L, Felix Kunze, and Joel Grimes. 

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Lessons

  1. Sue & Felix: Shoot: Natural Light Portraits - Maisie
  2. Sue & Felix: Shoot: Natural Light Portraits - Katie
  3. Sue & Felix: Shoot: Natural Light Portraits - LaQuan
  4. Sue & Felix: Shoot: Studio Light Portraits - Maisie
  5. Tony Corbell: The Power of Light Part 1
  6. Tony Corbell: The Power of Light Part 2
  7. Tony Corbell: The Power of Light Part 3
  8. Scott Robert Lim: Live Shoot - Natural Light
  9. Mark Wallace: Position of Light
  10. Mark Wallace: Intro To Flash Photography

    Learn the basics of flash photography from commercial photographer Mark Wallace.

  11. Mike Fulton: Using the Flash in Auto Modes
  12. Mike Fulton: Slow Speed Sync
  13. Mike Fulton: On Camera TTL and High Speed Sync
  14. Roberto Valenzuela: Multiple Speedlights
  15. Roberto Valenzuela: Multiple Speedlights with Multiple Subjects
  16. Scott Robert Lim: Creating Drama
  17. Tony Corbell: Light Control and Shaping
  18. Tony Corbell: Beauty Dishes, Softboxes, Reflectors
  19. Tony Corbell: Live Demos with Lighting Tools
  20. Tony Corbell: Tools of Light Q & A
  21. Clay Blackmore: Basic Posing
  22. Clay Blackmore: Refining and Lighting the Pose
  23. Clay Blackmore: Posing Two People
  24. Mark Wallace: Studio Strobes on Locations Part 1
  25. Mark Wallace: Studio Strobes on Locations Part 2
  26. Zack Arias: Gear, Money, and Building Your Studio
  27. Joey L: Using One Light on Location
  28. Joey L: Using Two Lights on Location
  29. Zack Arias: Modifiers: Octabank, Softbox, Strip Bank, Umbrella
  30. Zack Arias: Modifiers: Reflector, Grids, White Beauty Dish, Etc
  31. Sue and Felix: Shoot Studio Light - Backlight
  32. Sue and Felix: Studio Backlight and Lens Flare
  33. Joel Grimes: Photographing Motion
  34. Joel Grimes: Shoot: Athlete in Motion

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I am pretty new to Creative Live and this is my first purchase so for me I am loving this! So many good gems of information and having some of the repeated content from different speakers with different perspectives really helps drill in these concepts. I say for anyone who's looking for an great all around drill it into your head lighting bootcamp this is a winner. But if you're like the others here and have purchased videos from these authors before then you will probably want to look elsewhere as this is a bundle of highlights from previous sessions on lighting.

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If you’re just starting out with photographic lighting (especially studio lighting), this set is a steal. I already had the set by Sue Bryce and Felix Kunze, and I’ve bought all of Joel Grimes’ tutorials. Since I’ve watched them recently, I didn’t watch their videos again. If you’re into commercial photography OR darker moods and low-key lighting, anything by Joel Grimes is well worth buying and watching. If you’re into glamour portraiture, everything by Sue Bryce is worth buying and watching (although I haven’t been able to acquire all of her tutorials yet). However, the videos by Sue and Felix are not where I would begin. The two videos by Joel Grimes in this set cover aspects of lighting that aren’t often discussed. However, most of his knowledge of lighting (from his other sets) isn’t covered in this set. If you’re thinking about going into commercial photography, Zack Arias’ discussion of how to gear up to open a commercial studio is a must-see (as are Joel Grimes’ two sets on commercial photography, neither of which is represented in this bundle). I agree with virtually everything Zack said. Although there are a couple of areas where I might have gone a bit deeper than he did in this video, it’s a much-needed reality check – with great advice before you start spending money on equipment to start a photography business – and he gives a LOT of great advice. While his lighting style and mine are very different, his thoughts on equipment for a startup photography studio (or just beginning to learn studio lighting) are right on target. (Zack’s and Joel’s videos on the business of commercial photography cover different areas, and there is very little overlap between them.) One of the reasons why I bought this set was the lighting wisdom of Tony Corbell. Tony is the closest thing to the late Dean Collins at this time (I have all of Dean’s videos on VHS tapes AND DVDs), and Tony holds nothing back. Great stuff! Joey L covers material that I’ve seen covered in many other tutorials (on CreativeLive and elsewhere), BUT he gives a MUCH clearer explanation of why he does certain things than I’ve seen elsewhere. For example, he gives more information about feathering light than I’ve ever seen in a video, and few people besides Joey and Joel Grimes (but not in Joel’s videos in this set) give as good an explanation of WHY they’re changing the position of a light by two inches. Clay Blackmore was a protégé of the late Monte Zucker, and he’s as close as we can get to learning from Monte (aka the master) these days. I have Monte’s VHS tapes, but they’re worn out, and there’s nothing to play them on. While they apparently were also issued as DVDs, the sites I’ve found that are supposed to have them all lead to 404 (page not found) errors. Clay covers both posing and lighting – and how to fit the lighting to the pose – in great detail. I haven’t watched any of the videos on speedlights. I still have about a dozen Vivitar 283’s, 285 HV’s and 4600’s that I used in combination during my photojournalism years (back in the film days), but you’re much more likely to see me lugging 1,000-watt second strobes outdoors to overpower the sun than using speedlights in studio (or on location) these days. I’ve seen some of Roberto Valenzuela’s work and tutorials, and I’d say he is the Joe McNally or David Hobby of wedding photography at this point in time. He knows his stuff. One or two of the videos are slightly dated in terms of the equipment being used, but that doesn’t make the information about lighting less valuable. Equipment may change, but the principles of lighting, the things that determine the quality of light, and the elements of “good lighting” have changed very little if at all since the days of the Dutch Old Masters painters. There’s a lot of great lighting information in this bundle for the price.