Rogue Lighting Blogs

Using two speedlights modified with Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting Systems set up as gridded strips, we can focus the light in a very specific area. Using a strip gives us a soft but narrow beam of light, the grid enhances that focus even more while still keeping the softer quality of light.

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Far too many photographers waste countless hours correcting images in post production but it could easily be avoided if they simply spent a few seconds on the basics before pressing the shutter button.

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Natural light portraits can be stunning, but how do you shoot someone’s portrait when the available light is too bright, too dark, or even worse, if the room is lit with unflattering fluorescent lighting?

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Whether or not a studio is available, setting up for a senior portrait can be easy and require very little! Let's dive into how we can achieve a great looking portrait that Mom or Dad will want to hang on the wall at home!

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Let's dive in how to create a striking and high contrast image while introducing a little creative color. We're only going to use two speedlights, a few modifiers, and some creative angles to capture this portrait!

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In classic Jeff Rojas style, let’s review how to simply light a portrait while still capturing the features and accents of our model’s facial features.

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Walk through the mall, open a magazine, see a TV ad for make up and the first thing that's noticed is how bright and clean the image is with large catch lights and glowing skin. While a some of this has to do with styling the shoot, a lot of it comes from how the image is illuminated. Some photographers would assume that it requires a pricey studio, it's actually quite easy to recreate this look with just speedlights!

 

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Creating a high fashion portrait doesn't always have to involve a massive budget and an army of assistants carting in equipment. Sometimes creating a portrait is about getting back to the basics; with one light there's so many options to choose from.

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Old Hollywood produced a type of lighting that is still popular today. This film noir, high contrast looks was originally created with hot lights, barn doors, and fresnel lenses. Today, however, we can recreate this look without breaking out large lights and heavy modifiers.

 

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While many photographers opt for the soft-light look, it's easy to get in a situation where every shoot a larger modifier is brought out to create beautiful flowing soft light. However, it's important to remember there are other tools in our bag. When the job requires a bolt rather than a nail, it's wise to bring a wrench rather than a hammer. Much like actual tools, photographic tools also serve different purposes. This particular job required drama, and where's there's drama there is hard light and shadow.

 

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