Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 19 of 49

Lighting Rigs


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 19 of 49

Lighting Rigs


Lesson Info

Lighting Rigs

I'm gonna start with talking about our lighting ring what we use and then some alternative lighting rigs as well so jody and I use currently the ellen chrome ranger quadra we used to use a lot of stuff from alien these alien means is great um they have basically lights that are designed to be used in a studio um but what you have to do is because they're using a studio on their a c power you have to figure a way to plug a man on location so the problem with those as they tend to be a bit heavier and the power packs for those tend to be a bit heavier and they're not like whether sealed you may you know below them up if you take them out this this system from ellen chrome is designed to go on location it's not designed to be plugged in in a studio even though you can use it that way so it's a power pack that sits on the ground that's where all the power comes from and then you see that little teeny head sitting there and actually I think I will journey mentions it bring this over this is...

an actual take us off really fast so I can show this to you guys just how tiny this thing is so this is the head this is actually an adapter which makes it oh my gosh so much bigger quarter of an inch bigger this adapter allows you to put any sort of modifier on it gigantic soft boxes of any kind but this is the actual head that we're using this is weighs a half a pound and all the girls are going yes I like half a pound and a half a pounds light and this is for hundred watt seconds of power so this is just enough power to overpower the sun at any time of the day I wish it was five hundred watt seconds ellen crew make it five hundred once again that would be perfect but four hundred is just enough to make it super lightweight which means the weight up up here is the wait you don't want a lot of systems that head has all the power built into it and then you just have a little power pack on the floor power well in this case the power and all the watt seconds is on the ground where it should be or on your shoulder hanging here and that only weigh six pounds the other side of that so let me actually actually you wanna grab a beer on the wall right there yeah please I have an alien be set up and I use a bag about the big um is that safe in the rain do you know thiss rig technically or not is shouldn't shouldn't be submerged of any kind but it is water sealed so all the plug ins and all of the cables are designed for this particular ring as you can see they're heavy duty their water their water tight in a sense you can't submerge them and you would want to shoot heavy rain but you could shoot a light rain with them no problem just like a pocket was there just like your camera um so and it's all sealed together like that there's no like open areas or anything so that's the power pack as you can see it's tiny weigh six pounds we have an assistant usually it's almost always a female assistant and she has this slung over her shoulder like this mrs ana mono pod and she's holding our little soft box and she's our human light stand so she walked around all day and I go like that and stand right there boom and it's freaking amazing and you'll see that today when we have stacey at stacy cuyler finance when we'll have her doing exactly what we do so for anybody that may ask later this is the s head there's two types of heads that a for action and the s head we use the s it's a little bit cheaper and uh it does the exact same thing unless you're a sports photographer you don't need anything so for those of you are wondering that are scrambling and you're like wait what did he just say so this is the quadra system in on the course page there are links to our gear I believe and then on our photographers website photographers that zach and jodi dot com we also have our gear lis and then listed out in sections is ok this is the more expensive gear kitt to buy and this is the more inexpensive kit divine we kind of have it all like lump together so you know what goes with it so the problem was a kid like this as you mentioned is the price he's start fifteen hundred bucks for it for this kind of a kit for one light we have the two light kit which is like twenty two hundred dollars very expensive and if you know I'm going to do lighting and lighting is awesome and I want to do it all the time save up and invest in this kind of a kid because it's worth it it's a very versatile but you can get into something from bag a bond or something from you know there's a ton of stuff on being in with these much more inexpensive that starts at six to seven hundred dollars for an entire lighting ring of three or four hundred watt seconds just like this so oftentimes people look at the power packs and the lights and they're like oh my gosh it's so confusing and so it's really not all you will have to pay attention to use the power button in the power down but the only thing that matters power up power now which is the big arrow and the arrows going up now that's all you need to know and then of course the power but return it which is the one that looks like power really that simple that's all we're doing on location a lot of those other things that are in their are cool little tools but we don't need any of them all we need is more power or less power so the quadra is built to go outside but some of the other high power studio strips that we use like news the einstein lights especially for our workshops and those aren't created to go out on location so you need a power pack and white lightning came up with the begum on many it used to be a big car battery that you'd strap over your shoulders so heavy and after a wedding like that's why we started bringing out a systems was just security that but now they have the mini bag a bond and it's literally like many weighs three and a half pounds so the nuance of this is three and a half pounds so you could take any studio light you own plug it into that thing and power and shoot off a typical five hundred watt light five hundred times for two hundred forty nine bucks so it's very very inexpensive yes I do so then the trigger the system and of course we always have to be able to trigger our power packs the ellen crone has built into it a wireless receiver to receive a signal call the sky portrayed and mentor you khun by separately for an added price of course a little trigger that we'll be using today that goes on top the cool thing about the sky portas aiken power the ellen from up and down from my camera instead of having my assistant have to do it amigo turn it up three clicks turn it down frequency I can do it myself um so the triggers are away for your camera to talkto the flash so they both can fire so jody and I used to use pocket wizards what you see on the right we only use the manual ones we do not use the new ones I think they're the worst invention on the face of the planet so pocket wizard here's that feels bad they should because I bought him and they had to give me a refund because they don't function correctly um the old ones are great so the old ones are awesome they're just all manual dough but we're now we've recently switched over to cyber sink which is from paul see beloved and as you can see these air pretty close teo the actual size differences there two and a half times smaller they're not that thing there the comparison two and a half times smaller and two and a half times cheaper so they started like sixty bucks instead of one hundred eighty dollars and they work two and half times better so they're absolutely incredible little suckers and the great thing is we shoot reception lighting of course which we're going to talk about tonight or later today and that little teeny one on the far left of the screen is the cyber same transmitter and I stick that on the side of my flash to fire off a background like which will get into detail later and we usedto stick a pocket wizard to the side and it was like I had to flash is sitting on my camera cause the pockets are so big but that little transmitter is absolutely tiny and incredibly small and jodie's actually grab it so we could take a look at it so definitely having versatile tools is important tools that are overly expensive but they have to work really really well johnny's gonna bring over that transmitter to look at you put on your flash is that what she said yeah I attach it to my flash thank you that's the see how tiny it is zoom in zoom in everyone so that's the transmitter which goes on your camera or sticks on the side of my flash to fire off a background like and then this is the receiver so that's actually about half the size or less of a pocket of a pocket wizard so in a way is like absolutely nothing like and that they actually don't have on off switches which is really cool they're just always and sleep mode by press this button it just fired and the battery last for two hundred hours of pressing that button time which is a lot of time because he uses a little here in a minute

Class Description

Being a successful wedding photographer isn’t just about taking gorgeous shots, it’s about creating an incredible experience for your clients. If a bride feels great about the services you provide—from your first meeting to your wedding day demeanor to the final delivery of the album—then she’ll be a happy customer for life and recommend you to her vast network of friends and family.

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By describing their humble beginnings and explaining how their modest start-up grew into a thriving business with clients across the country, Zach and Jody will inspire you to pursue your own wedding photography dreams.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a strong connection with your clients.

  • Identify the essential gear you’ll need for your shoots.

  • Use light rigs when natural light is unavailable.

  • Understand lighting ratios, strobe lighting, clamshell lighting and more.

  • Figure out which lenses to use for each part of the day.

  • Build up your network and attract more clients.

  • Market your business with your website, sales calls and word of mouth.

  • Review your images and find the best shots.