Resources for lighting gear

Yesterday I did a hands-on lighting workshop for WPPI Road Show in Atlanta and we covered quite a few things, including some basic lighting concepts – like "Follow your Nose" and "From Ear to Here". These are simply terms I use to help remember some essential rules to creating nice lighting with minimal equipment. Always remember though – rules were made to be bent.

Follow your nose refers to keeping the light source pointing at your subjects nose, especially with crisp and direct lighting, so that the facial shaping is great and unwanted shadows are minimized. Keeping your light source mobile, as in held by an assistant rather than a light stand, makes this much easier.

I used Nikon SB900 speedlights with the RogueGrid to create dramatic spot lighting and edge lighting

I used Nikon SB900 speedlights with the RogueGrid to create dramatic spot lighting and edge lighting

From Ear to Here refers to the concept I use when lighting with one medium, diffused light source – like a small Octodome, QuikBox, or 5-in-1 disc. If you place your light source as close as possible to the subject, starting at her ear and coming towards the lens (here), and follow the lens angle of view, you have nice facial lighting.

The light source should be just outside of camera view, along the lens angle of view

Many of you were asking about some of my favorite gear and where to get it, so I've listed those items here. This is part of my primary lighting kit: 

Thanks for being there, if you were there! If you weren't, I hope to see you at a future workshop ;-)