Subtractive Lighting – The Secret to Outdoor Portraits

Overhead sun isn’t the most flattering way to shoot outdoors, but you can’t always schedule all your shoots around magic hour. Here’s a way to get high mid day sun to look pleasing for outdoor shoots. Everyone struggles with outdoor portraits. Every once in a while, the light is perfect, but all too often either Read MoreRead More

Using Color Correction Gels with New Digital Cameras

Shane Hurlbut explains how he uses colored gels on lights to create looks with new digital camera sensors. “Giving Your Story an Early Morning or Late Afternoon Tone” When I first became a cinematographer, there were two companies in the gel manufacturing business, Rosco and Lee. A few years later, a new kid on the block emerged, GAM Filters. Read MoreRead More

The Magic of Twilight

Just after the Sunset “Magic Hour” (roughly 30 minutes before and after the sunset) there is a period sometimes called the “Blue Hour” where refracted light from the sun turns the sky a deep shade of blue. This not quite night period can lead to some dramatic lighting situations. One of my favourite times for Read MoreRead More

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