Tips On Light Diffusion

Tips On Light Diffusion

Affordable Vellum For Light Diffusion

I like putting a sheet of diffusion paper (vellum) in front of each light.  The industry standard is from Rosco, with a 25 by 4 foot roll costing over $125.

You can certainly get by with a roll half as long by 3 and 1/2 feet from Dietzgen for half the price.

With careful use, the paper can be reused several times.

The C-47 clips that we all use to attach the paper to the lights are just a fancy show business name for common wooden clothes pins.

 

 

ABOUT PHIL RAMUNO:  Phil Ramuno is an award-winning director, producer, writer, photographer, teacher and published author.  He co-authored the best-selling ‘Sitcom Career Book”.  He has directed hundreds of projects including theatrical, pilots and episodes of American and international network and syndicated situation comedies. Phil is an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California prestigious graduate film school and has also taught at both Emerson College and Endicott College in Boston.

Phil Ramuno shares his on-set ‘must-haves’ and ‘wish list’ from the set of BzSpotlight – the Business Webisode Series.

BzSpotlight provides corporate and custom video in the greater Los Angeles area.


Reflector and Reflector Arm Holder

Don’t Buy, BOUNCE: Reflector and Reflector Arm Holder

Your $200 one light photo studio is complete.  I talked about using natural light as a source for classic three point lighting.  What you might not understand is that, if you only have a window from one side letting in light, you cannot use overhead lights or lamps in the room for the third lighting source.  Office overheads are usually fluorescent lights which are green colored compared to daylight and strobes.  Most floor or desk lamps are red colored.  Our eye adjusts to these color differences but your camera will not.  So you may need at least on more daylight colored source.

Yes, you can get a second Neewer strobe for $100 and put that on the second light stand that I had you buy along with the second receiver/trigger for that strobe at $16.  But we can keep our budget down by using a reflector instead.

There are many kits of 5 reflectors with white, black, silver, gold and translucent.  Honestly, you won’t need all of those.  Silver or white are the ones you will always use. $16.

You will need something to hold the reflector in place. Neewer has a simple clip that can mount it to your second light stand for $7.

 

But that gives you only one position.  I like a positionable arm for more flexibility.

That one is $28 and is well worth the extra cost. Make sure you use one of your 4 sandbags for this setup.
So, now using any daylight in the room as one source and with all the lights turned off, your strobe and $45 reflector setup can complete your classic three point lighting. Since the fill light on the front side opposite the key light should be half as strong, use your creativity to decide which sources should be the key, fill and backlights.

ABOUT PHIL RAMUNO:  Phil Ramuno is an award-winning director, producer, writer, photographer, teacher and published author.  He co-authored the best-selling ‘Sitcom Career Book”.  He has directed hundreds of projects including theatrical, pilots and episodes of American and international network and syndicated situation comedies. Phil is an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California prestigious graduate film school and has also taught at both Emerson College and Endicott College in Boston.

Phil Ramuno shares his on-set ‘must-haves’ and ‘wish list’ from the set of BzSpotlight – the Business Webisode Series.

BzSpotlight provides corporate and custom video in the greater Los Angeles area.


Neewer Remote Flash Trigger

Move Your Strobe Off Camera: Neewer Remote Flash Trigger

So many of you have liked my recommendation of the Neewer camera flash unit You have tried tilting it to a white wall or ceiling with success and now want to use my recommendation of getting it off your camera for a more beautiful modelling look.  Well, in the interest of keeping your photo investment as reasonable as my $100 flash, there is a solution to that as well.

Instead of putting the flash on your camera’s hot shoe you can put a radio transmitter there and a small receiver on the flash which could be hand held by a friend or on a small tripod.  PocketWizard is the brand of choice by many professional shooters.  But these cost hundred of dollars.  If you are not making your living shooting photographs, this becomes a very expensive hobby.

Well, Neewer brand also has a low cost solution.  They sell a PocketWizard-style remote transmitter and receiver for the 850 flash unit.

The receiver triggers the flash unit when you just plug it to the side of the flash’s USB port.  The user reviews on Amazon are excellent and the under $35 dollar price for both the transmitter and receiver combo is astounding.  If you start to get really serious with your photo set up, you can get a second receiver for another flash for under $20

For the record, Godox brand is the manufacturer of Neewer flashes and identical, except Godox cost a couple of dollars more than Neewer charges for the same items.

 

See More of Phil’s Reviews:

Neewer TT850 Flash Speedlight


Entrepreneurial Celebrities Use The Power of Video

When iconic Actor/Director Jerry Mathers re-launched his website, he was advised to add videos.  Lots and lots of them!  Growing up as the loveable Beaver Cleaver in the iconic 1950’s television series, Leave It To Beaver, Jerry has one thing going for him…he just happens to have lots and lots of website videos.

Jerry started his career as a child actor working with industry legends like Alfred Hitchcock and Bob Hope.  But after the Leave It To Beaver series ended he began adding additional occupations to his resume including personal appearances, public speaking engagements and product endorsements.  For Jerry to be on big brand’s radar, he needed a social media strategy.  Jerry recently explained to Bz Spotlight viewers how managing his career is similar to running a small business in Los Angeles, CA.

Radio host Mother Love cranks out her passionate and informative LATalkRadio show 2 hours a day, 5 days a week and still manages to travel the country as a motivational speaker, author, actress and spokesperson for diabetes awareness.  Recently added to her never-ending list of daily tasks is to focus on social media campaigns designed to drive more fans and followers- using video.  Posting relevant, entertaining or informative content and adding video on websites and social media pages help raise her Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Remember, Video for websites converts more customers for your small business, every time.

Even adorable Tabitha, in the Bewitched series of the 1960’s Erin Murphy has become an entrepreneur in the most unusual genre:  Alpaca Ranching.  And, just like any small business, Erin has taken to social media to get her company noticed using video for her social sites.  She recently told Bz Spotlight Webisode Series Executive Producer Sue Berry:

“I think social media is hugely important as a way to grow any business.  Facebook is huge.  Twitter is a great way to get soundbites out there…you can talk about a sale your company is offering or an event that is coming up.  I like blogging because it’s a way to write a longer article and it’s like a running journal about your business that lives on the internet.”

From restaurateurs (Robert De Niro, Sandra Bullock, Gene Simmons) to clothing designers (Jessica Simpson, Beyoncé, The Kardashians, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) to a myriad of consumer products and start-ups (Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake), celebrity entrepreneurs can’t escape adding social media and video production to their marketing mix.