Rick Friedman Location Lighting Kit By Rosco

During Lighting Toolkit week on Creative Live, I introduced the "Rick Friedman Location Lighting Kit" by Rosco.  It is now available through  Location Lighting Store on my website.

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Rick Friedman Location Lighting Kit contains 

1              18" x 24" Black Cinefoil (folded in quarters)

1              10" x 12" Roscosun 3/4 CTO

1              10" x 12" Roscosun 1/2 CTO

1              10" x 12" Tough 1/2 Plusgreen

1              10" x 12" Calcolor Blue 90

1              10" x 12" Calcolor Yellow 90

1              10" x 12" Calcolor Red 90

1              10" x 12" Calcolor Lavender 60

1              10" x 12" Light Tough Spun Diffusion

1              10" x 12" Tough Spun Diffusion

These are my "Must-Have" in my camera bag.  All gels, Tough Spun, Cinifoil are cut 10x 12, (or folded) to fit in most camera bags.  You can use these kit to soften lights, shape lighting, create hairline light, make patterns on backgrounds and much more! The kit will be available at most Camera stores in the near future. To get yours now order through my website.  

 

Lighting Science

Originally posted on April 9, 2013

In the  ”Before” photograph, my assistant stood in for Dr. Lanza in a white walled lab.  This photograph was shot using just the ambient light.

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With a bit of lighting this is what you end up with.  Here’s how I did it.

Begin your exposure from the element you cannot control.  In this case, it is the available light in the back hood.  My camera was set at ISO 200.  The light reading from the available light in the back hood was shutter speed 1/5 F10, which became my camera setting.  I  set up 2 Dynalites: one  to illuminate Dr. Lanza’s face, the second  with a Rosco blue gel, set up behind the smoke to make it blue.  Both Dynalites had grids and grid holders with RoscoTuff spun.  I put California Sunbounce Micro Mini reflector just off frame, right side of Dr. Lanza.  I placed a speedlight with Rogue grid & yellow gel inside the hood.  All the strobes were triggered by Pocket Wizard Plus III

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Equipement Used:
Dynalite MP-800 power pack with 2  Dynalite heads with grids (& grid holders)
Rogue Grid with yellow gel
Rosco Blue gel
Pocket Wizard Plus III
California Sunbounce micro mini reflector

Nikon SB900 Speedlight
Nikon D800 camera

Nikon 17-35 f2.8 lens

Here is how the photograph was used in the published article.

 

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Plus X or Plus X

Originally posted on March 7, 2013

Pocket Wizard called and asked me  if we could shoot with Plus X.

My first thought was… which Plus X?

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Equipment Used:

 

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Set up time was less than 5 minutes.  Photographs were shot with Nikon D800 with 85mm lens & 2 SB-900 strobes.

 

Unique Photo “Location Lighting Workshop”™ 2/23/13

Originally posted on February 25, 2013

Thank you all for coming to the “Location Lighting Workshop”™ at Unique Photo!

 

 

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Some of you asked for a lists of the equipment we used in the workshop.  We had  3 sets with models at the workshop going on at the same time:   Canon with PocketWizard TT5, Nikon Pocket Wizard TT5 and Dynalite & Pocket Wizard Plus III.

Rogue Flash bender with diffusion panel, large & small
Rogue  Grid with Rogue Flash Gel

California Sunbounce, Bounce-Wall ( you can see our blog on Rick’s Bounce Wall Shoot!)

Reflector:
Californ Sunbouce Ovel Sun-Mover with PermaTense
California Sunbouce Micro mini with Flash Bracket

Transmitter:
Pocket Wizard TT5, TT1 and AC 3 (All TTL function & high speed synch): we used these with the speed light
Pocket Wizard Plus III ( we used Plus III to fire a camera remotely for our group picture)

Dynalite set up:
Dynalite  Road Max MP800 (Pocket Wizard slave is built in)
2 Dynalite heads
Dynalite
Grid
Dynalite Grid holder

Soft Box:
Chimera 32”x24
Chimera 9”x36”
(strip light, we used it with dynalite)

Chimera Speedlight ring for speedlight

*You need either umbrella bracket or ball head to be able to change angles of the softbox

Rosco Tufspun
Rosco Cinifoil
Rosco Color gels

Lightstand:

Manfrotto

 

NH PPA Location Lighting Workshop

Originally posted on February 11, 2013

I was honored to be invited as the featured speaker for NH PPA February meeting on 2/7/13.

Over 100 people attended the meeting.  Thank you for coming.  Hope everyone had a great time, I did!

I have added 2 locations to my Location Lighting Workshops ™ this spring.  Please come join us.  If you have any questions about the workshops, please feel free to contact me! (rick@rickfriedman.com)

2/23/13     Fairfield, NJ Unique Photo,

2/26           South Florida Camera Club (guest speaker)

2/27-28     Ft. Lauderdale,  FL Calumet

3/22-23     Seattle, WA Glazer’s Camera,  NEW!

4/6-7          Boston, MA  Rick Friedman Photography Studio NEW!

(Contact Rick for registration! rick@rickfriedman.com)

4/15-16      Chicago, IL Calumet

4/29-30      Los Angeles, CA Calumet

5/3-4          San Diego, CA Calumet

Check us out at FB: Location Lighting Workshop with Rick FriedmanI was honored to be invited as the featured speaker for NH PPA February meeting on 2/7/13.

Over 100 people attended the meeting.  Thank you for coming.  Hope everyone had a great time, I did!

I have added 2 locations to my Location Lighting Workshops ™ this spring.  Please come join us.  If you have any questions about the workshops, please feel free to contact me! (rick@rickfriedman.com)

2/23/13     Fairfield, NJ Unique Photo,

2/26           South Florida Camera Club (guest speaker)

2/27-28     Ft. Lauderdale,  FL Calumet

3/22-23     Seattle, WA Glazer’s Camera,  NEW!

4/6-7          Boston, MA  Rick Friedman Photography Studio NEW!

(Contact Rick for registration! rick@rickfriedman.com)

4/15-16      Chicago, IL Calumet

4/29-30      Los Angeles, CA Calumet

5/3-4          San Diego, CA Calumet

Check us out at FB:

Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman

 

Bouncing off the Bouncewall

Originally posted on January 28, 2013

I was working  with California Sunbounce BounceWall at Imaging USA in Atlanta, GA last week.

California Sunbounce Bounce Wall, one of their latest products has a light weight arm that attaches to the tripod socket on your camera and supports a highly reflective bounce card.  The  bounce cards are available in gold, silver, silver & white zebra pattern, gold and white zebra pattern and “GalaxyGold”, which a gold spot  on 1 end of the card leading into a slight gold & white zebra pattern.  This one is my favorite.  The photographs below where created using the Galaxy card while walking around the Imaging USA show floor.   This creates beautiful  light, complete freedom to move around and no need for light stands.

Here are the results:

 

Sidewalk Lighting

Originally posted on January 14, 2013

Author Jack Gantos, photographed for The New York Times Book Review outside our South End, Boston studio.

It was a beautiful sunny day when we had this assignment a few months back.    The only time Jack could do the shoot  was mid day, when we had harsh shadows.  We eliminated the shadows by holding a

California Sunbounce Sun-Swatter

over Jack’s head, then filled in the light using a single speedlight in a softbox fired by a

PocketWizard  Flex TT5

.

 

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The camera was set on manual,  the exposure was taken off the background & speedlight was on TTL.

My assistants held the Sun-Swatter and the softbox.  If they were not with me on the shoot, I would have put the softbox and the Sun-swatter on light stands.

 

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If you are going to be at Imaging USA in Atlanta next, (January 20-22)  I will be at both the Chimera booth and the California Sun Bounce booth.  Please stop by and let’s talk lighting.

Next Location Lighting Workshops:

2/23/13 Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ Register
2/27-28/13  Calumet Ft. Lauderdale register before 2/11 for early bird discount!

Fb page:

Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman

 

Adrian Walker

Originally posted on January 8, 2013

I had a fun shoot with Adrian Walker, a good friend and a noted journalist at The Boston Globe.

Set up time was about half  hour.  Lighting on Adrian’s face was created with Chimera Strip light soft box, powered by Dynalight Road Max MP8.  Hair light was set up with a 20 degree grid spot  on boom over his head with extension tube and Rosco tufspun (to soften the light).  The hair line light was also used to illuminate the smoke coming from the cigar.  We also set up the Dynalite Uni with Rosco CTO, outside the studio window to blow the light in.  All lightings were triggered by Pocket Wizard Plus 3.

Key to illuminating smoke is you have to backlight the smoke.  We used Dynalite’s extension tube and grid spot to control the light so that light illuminates the smoke without unwanted light spill.

Equipment used to create image:

 

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Equipment used to create image:

  • Dynalite Road Max MP8 power pack with 2 Dynalite heads:
    1 with Chimara Strip light soft box (which I have had it for 30+ years!) to illuminate his face
    1 with Dynalite  with extension tube and 20 degree grid spot to illuminate his hair and light up the smoke
  • Dynalite Uni 400 (outside set up)
  • Pocket Wizard Plus 3,  to trigger Dynalite MP8 Power pack (inside) and Dynalite Uni 400 (outside)
  • Rosco CTO & Tough spun

Nikon D800 with a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 zoom

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Shooting Around NYC

Originally posted on September 19, 2012

While in New York on assignment I had a chance to wander around Manhattan with a fish eye lens.  Here’s Times Square and Little Italy.

 

While I was in the city, I stopped by Calumet NY on 22nd Street.  I will be teaching a series of Location Lighting Workshops at Calumet Photographic in

Tyson’s corner, VA

,

Chicago

,

Cambridge

,

NY

and San Francisco this fall.  (For more info at the each location, click the location)   To see the complete list of my workshop schedule, come visit my website & FB page!

 

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Freedom 7

Originally posted on August 30, 2012

I had a pleasure of photographing the arrival of Freedom 7 at  John K. Kennedy Library in Boston, MA on August 29, 2012.:  The Mercury space capsule that astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr rode and first American manned flight into space.

 

 

Bring your own sunshine to photoshoot!

Originally posted on August 23, 2012

The goal for this portrait session was to create the natural look of late afternoon light and throw a pattern of warm light on the wall.  This  is the  effect you get on a late winter afternoon, except it had to done at 11 AM in August.

This lighting was created by using two Dynalite heads with Rosco‘s color gel.  The Dynalite head set up outside consisted of a Rosco half CTO gel: Inside the door way, I placed the second Dynalitehead with Rosco Cinifoil and Tough Spun to illuminate the subject’s face.  The inside head had a snoot made from Rosco Cinefoil with Tough Spun to soften the light on the subjects face.

Equipments Used

Dynalite
Rosco Half CTO gel
Rosco Cinifoil
Rosco Tough Spun

Pocket Wizard TT5

 

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The set up time was approximately 20 minutes.  My assistant stood in for a test shoot and we were ready to go!

For my upcoming Location Lighting Workshop info & schedule, please visit my FB Page Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman.

Happy Shooting!

 

Rock Your Blog!

Originally posted on August 21, 2012

I had pleasure of speaking last night about Location Lighting at the Microsoft Center in Cambridge, MA  for Rock Your Blog sponsored by  Photo Nights Boston.  Thank you to the team of Photo Nights Boston for putting up a wonderful event.

I will be teaching my Location Lighting Workshop at the new Calumet Cambridge, MA store (105 First Street Cambridge, MA) on October 20-21. (Click for Registration link)

Register by Oct 6 for Early Bird Discount!

Workshop photographs and info, Like FB Page Location Lighting Workshop & stay informed!

 

Dealing with reflections

Originally posted on March 15, 2012

On a recent assignment for Nike I ran into the challenge of how deal with reflections on a large glass display case.  The showcase was located in the front of the store near  glass doors and could not be moved. I also encountered the issue of massive reflections from the front widows.  I attempted to use a polarizing filter, which is sometimes the answer to reducing reflections, but the reflections were coming from several different angles.

The Solution:  A large black back drop placed between the display case and the windows.  The black paper eliminates the reflections.  Next all I needed to do was cut a small hole in the backdrop to put the camera through.

 

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