If you want to learn about light, I can’t think of a better teacher than Kevin Clark. I’ve known Kevin for years; in fact, he used to shoot my promotional images while I was still working as a comedian. I’ve spent years as his friend, colleague, and sometimes-assistant, watching him light his shoots; so much of what I know about light comes from him. He has this way of finessing it, really seeing it. He doesn’t rely on formulas or recipes for his lighting, he just plays and tweaks and experiments. I’ve learned to see the subtleties of light from Kevin.
While it’s currently popular to light the heck out of a scene and keep the manufacturers of CTO gel raking in the money, there’s a place for understanding how to make a scene look a little more natural, a little less “lit”. Kevin’s new eBook, which has taken me three years to get Kevin to write, is an excellent primer on how to create beautiful light.
Whether you’re using studio lights or just your off-camera flash, an eight-foot octabank or a bed sheet as a diffuser, Kevin’s approach is about the light, not so much the tools it takes to make it and modify it. In fact he uses inexpensive low-watt Elinchrom d-Lites, and simple, cheap V-flats made from white or black foam-core, in his own work. Add a couple soft boxes, and that’s it. The rest is understanding how the light works in various scenes, so Kevin takes us, in this 32-spread PDF, through one, two, and three-light setups, as well as his bounce-the-light-off-whatever-you-can style. Add gorgeous portraits, really clear light diagrams, and case studies, and you’ve got a killer value for only $5. If you don’t learn something new about light, and how to use it well, from this book, then you’re probably at the point you should be teaching this stuff.
Kevin’s new eBook, Great Light, Easy Light – Strobe Techniques That Don’t Look Lit, is now available, along with the usual discounts (keep reading).
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