Creative Live has some wonderful online workshops that run free during the day on Pacific Standard Time from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and then is repeated (again for free) right afterwards. I was lucky enough to catch most of Kevin Kubota’s workshop on Building and Using DIY Lighting Gear. In his workshop he covers a variety of subjects, from rules of lighting, building a scrim, v-flats, triple reflector v-flat, v-flat window box, building a snoot, lighting with a flashlight, making a beauty dish, tube lights, ring light and photo booth, to name just a few. He also demonstrates how to use everything. as well. It is really amazing that one can pretty much build effective studio equipment for a nominal amount.
A free preview can be seen on this website: https://www.creativelive.com/courses/building-and-using-diy-lighting-gear-kevin-kubota.
Kubota, Kevin, 2014. Building and Using DIY Lighting Gear [online]. Creative Live. Available from: https://www.creativelive.com/courses/building-and-using-diy-lighting-gear-kevin-kubota [Accessed 22 December, 2014]
I have been doing some research into food photography which is one of the subjects I can choose from for Assignment Two and I came across a 32 minute video on lighting for food on Creative Live’s website. The photographers presenting the workshop, Todd Porter and Diane Cu-Porter, approached the lighting experience in similar fashion as the exercise I did for multiple points, where one starts with one item, takes a shot, adds another item, takes a shot and so on. Apparently this is the approach they always use when on assignment. They encouraged the use of natural light for food photography as far as possible as this does eliminate colour cast problems and the food just looks nicer in natural light. They did their demonstration on a punnet of cherries and Todd demonstrated how he looked for the best angle to show off the cherries. The first shot is always done with no reflectors or diffuser so that there is a good starting reference. Gradually a black foamboard was added to make the shot moodier, then another and finally a third was added to create a very dramatic effect. Todd then switched to show how the same punnet of cherries would photograph if backlit. This time white reflectors were added, again one at a time. I found this short video to be extremely informative and down to earth and I will be using these techniques in my assignment.
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that I can link directly to the video, so there is an extra step to get to it. Click on the link above and once you access this page, be sure to click on the photo of the cherries just below the larger introductory screen (as seen below). You will then be able to view this informative video.
Free Preview: Shoot: Cherries
Workshop, Todd Porter and Diane Cu-Porter – Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling [webcast, online] Creative Live, Seattle, USA, June 2014. 32 minutes: 48 seconds. https://www.creativelive.com/courses/story-plate-food-photography-styling-todd-porter-and-diane-cu (accessed 27, July, 2014)