Lighting demystified with Victoria Burcusel
If you have been thinking about getting started with studio lighting in your studio or need help setting up and using your equipment to get the best possible outcome for your images, this video with Victoria Burcusel from Lifetime Stories Photography is a great place to start!
Working with studio lights can appear complicated at first but the principles are the same as the light that we live with every day – the sun! Victoria works through the fundamentals of lighting using simple to understand terms and explanations that will help you feel more confident using your own lighting system.
So how many lights do you need?
Where do you put them?
What brands are best?
How big should they be?
Victoria answers all of these questions and more.
Understanding the best equipment to buy for your genre of photography is crucial. There are a lot of different varieties on the market and each one works in a different way depending on what you were wanting to photograph. It also has a lot to do with your style. Do you like your images bright and airy or are you more into shadows and depth? Learning how to use your light to achieve your desired outcomes can be confusing but this video will absolutely help you take steps in the right direction.
Victoria talks through the strengths and outputs of her own lights to give you an idea of the kind of results you can expect. It’s great to have an up close and in depth look at the different kinds of lights that are on the market and understand how they all work. As a portrait photographer, Victoria talks about how she likes to use her lights to change between her soft, dreamy newborn shots and brighter group shots.
So how do you set up your lighting?
Victoria will take you step by step through the process. She discusses using transmitters and receivers (so your camera can talk to the light!) and then tells you exactly what settings you will need to experiment with. Different to working with natural light, studio light settings are a lot more predictable but can take some trial and error to find your sweet spot. It’s great to take away some clear and explicit instructions from this video to work with!
So what about modifiers? Soft boxes, umbrellas and more.
This part is very important to understand so that you can achieve the desired look you are looking for. There are a lot of adjustments you can make with your gear and the placement of lights in your studio to create a variety of different looks. Dramatic lighting. Soft lighting. Rembrandt lighting. Victoria will work through all of these options with you and talk in detail about exactly what you need to do to make it happen.
Learning the fundamental principles of lighting will help you every session. Victoria’s clear explanations of how lighting works and what changes you can make to adjust your final look is so very helpful! Little tips about how to adjust the fall of catch lights in your client’s eyes and how to use one light to create a variety of different looks will certainly prove to be very useful as you move forward with your own journey into studio lighting.
To round out her lesson, you can also watch Victoria experiment with different lights, placements and settings with a gorgeous little model to get a better understanding of the number of options available to you.
If you’re thinking about getting started with studio lights, do it! You’ll love the consistency and the flexibility working with a reliable light source! No more stressing about rainy days or clouds floating past the window as you shoot. This video will help fill you with the confidence you need to take the leap!
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