Back in January, I joined Vanelli as a co-instructor on the “Vanelli and Friends Model Workshop” on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas. A group of photographers and several models set sail for several days at sea. The ship became our floating studio. Read more about how I lit Alexandra, on PhotoFocus here!
Guitarist, singer, and photographer, Ken Susi, came by my studio for a portrait session! We achieved the multi-color look on Ken by using many different gels from my Rosco Location Lighting Kit.
Find out how we set up this shot, and many other shots, here!
In this article, I talk about the gear I brought to photograph President Trump's visit to Manchester, New Hampshire. I had to scope out the perfect angle for when the President came on stage, and decide which equipment to actually use. This is because you only have so much space, and also don't want to weigh down your back during the long walk from after screening to the press area.
Learn more about my assignment to photograph President Trump, here!
This article is about how I shot Kat Armendariz of Hush Hush Studio at WPPI in Las Vegas! This shoot was a collaboration between 2 photographers, Kat and I. I was placed in a very small studio space, on a large show floor.
Read more about how we collaborated to get this photograph, here!
This article is all about how flying first class can actually be cheaper when you're flying with a lot of equipment. By the time you pay for an overweight bag, and a second checked bag, it is often less expensive to fly first class.
Read more about flying first class and the different bags I take with me, here!
I had great time teaching my Location Lighting Workshop at Unique Photo in New Jersey, November 3 &4th.
On first day, the workshop focused on speedlights. The class began lighting with a single speedlight on camera in different situations creating different looks. The workshop progressed to using a multiple speedlights, light modifiers and color gels. The first day took place inside the classroom at Unique Photo.
On Second day we moved to The Photocoop Studio in Little Falls, NJ. We worked with Hensel studio strobes, mixed Hansel strobes with Nissin flashes and added smoke from a Rosco Mini V fogger and colored gels from the "Rosco Location Lighting Kit by Rick Friedman".
Here are some of the some of the lighting situations we created during the workshop.
Shutter Speed: 2 seconds
1 Hensel with Beauty dish
2 Nissin Flash D700A
2 Rogue grids with pink and blue gels
4 Pocket Wizard Plus IV
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Dynalite Baja with a deep dish reflector
Pocket Wizard Plus III
Sekonic Light Meter
ISO: 100 Aperture: 4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/100
1 Hensel with Beauty dish
1 Nissin Flash Di700A
1 Rogue grids with pink gel
4 Pocket Wizard Plus IV
ISO: 320 Aperture: 6.3 & Shutter Speed: 1/250
3 Nissin Flash Di700A
1 Nissin Air 1 transmitter
2 Rogue XL flashbenders
1 Rogue grid with blue gel
ISO: 100 Aperture: 6.3 & Shutter speed: 1/250
3 Nissin Flash Di700A
1 Nissin Air 1 transmitter
2 Rogue XL flashbenders
1 Rogue grid with orange gel
Here is the our silly group picture! Thank you everyone for joining us!
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We had a great time presenting my my Location Lighting demonstrations during PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York! Here are images from my ExpoImaging Rogue Flashbender live demonstration using Nissin speedlights at Unique Photo Booth.
Both are 2 speedlights photographs with Rogue Flashbenders against the same black velvet background on a 4 foot square stage, achieving very different visual effects.
Main Light: Nissin Flash Di700A with Flashbender XL
Hairline light: Nissin Flash Di700A with Rogue Grid
The Speedlights were trigged using a Nissin Air 1 Transmitter.
Shot with NIKON D810
Lighting Demos using Flashbenders at Unique Photo booth during the PhotoPlus Expo 2017.
This is the view from my hotel room in NYC.
Now it's on my next workshop! Location Lighting Workshop will part of the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE! Nov 22-25th. I have an exhibit of my presidential photographs at Xposure. This is going to be great festival, come join us!
I'm kicking off 2018 Location Lighting Workshops with a Bahamas cruise and model workshop with my good friend Vanelli. Jan. 5-8th. This will be a lot of "Lighting and Laughing" Join us! More info about upcoming workshops can be find my workshop page.
Happy Halloween! Every Halloween the area around my Boston studio is filled with hundreds of trick or treaters. I am not really sure where they all come from, but it's great fun to stand outside my studio with a bowl of candy, a camera and a strobe.
Here are tips to shoot Halloween!
Drag the shutter!
I love shooting photographs that are a mixture of ambient light and strobe. Start your exposure with the element you can not control, that being the available (ambient) light. Set your camera meter on manual exposure and your strobe on TTL. Meter off the available light and use the strobe to fill in. Due to darkness and very little available light you will be able to hand hold your camera at a much slower shutter speed than you normally would. That slow shutter speed enables you to record what little there is. The speedlight will fill in where you want it.
This is a strobe on camera camera image. I used a slow shutterspeed and moved my camera from right to left. The Green light is from glow sticks which the kid was holding while trick or treating. My settings for this image was 1.6 seconds, f4 ISO 200.
Speedlight off camera!
I held my speedlight lower left. Light coming from lower angle gives you eerily feeling, perfect for Halloween! My camera was set on manual to read the ambient light (candle in this case) using the in-camera meter. My exposure for this shot was 2.5 seconds, f4. ISO 200. I used a Pocket Wizard Plus III to fire my strobe.
Get low and use your foreground! I used in the camera meter to read the exposure from the sky. I held my speed light off to the left and triggered it with a Pocket Wizard Plus III.
Get high and use your foreground!
Wait for dusk
Wait till dusk to start shooting! This was strobe on camera, with the head of the strobe at a 45 degree and bounced through a cube.
Play with focal length of your lens
Shot with a 16mm fisheye.
Shot at 50mm
Shot at 70mm
Don't be afraid to get close.... I'm sure they won't bite...
Happy Halloween! May everyone have a safe and fun Halloween!
This image is from my hands-on Location Lighting Workshop!
Come join me for lighting and laughing, upcoming workshops info here!
This image from my recent Niagara Falls area "Location Lighting Workshop" with my good friend and amazing photographer Doug Hansgate. We started the workshop using one fresnel light and progressed to the 3 light set up below. We were going a hard light look. The main light was on a boom from above, stage right. We used 2 back lights to high light her hair and bring out the smoke. One back light was directly behind our model, Becca's head and the other light was stage left, bringing additional high lights to her hair. On stage left we had a 4'x6" white reflector.
When you are using smoke, you need to back light the smoke to give it depth.
ISO: 1600, Aperture: 5.6, Shutter: 1/200
Come join me at one of my upcoming "Location Lighting Workshops"
Nov. 4-5, Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ
Nov. 22-25 X-posure International Photo Festival, Sharjah, UAE
Jan. 5-7 Bahamas Model Shootout & Photo Workshop with Vanelli & Friends
Guitarist and singer Ken Susi of the band “Unearth” dropped by the studio this past weekend. Ken is an avid photographer and wanted to work Keiko and I on lighting. We quickly volunteered him to be the model.
We did a couple of multi light gelled set ups.
In the first image, we used 2 Dynalite Baja B6 strobes, one on either side, slightly behind Ken giving us the light on his face. Both strobes had a Dynalite 20 degree, 7” grid. The end of both grids were wrapped in Rosco Cinefoil to further control the spread of light. On the left side we used a Rosco Medium Straw gel from my Rosco Location Lighting Kit and on the right side we used a Rosco Calcolor 30 Cyan. Directly behind Ken’s head is a Nissin Di700A speedlight with a Rogue grid and a red gel. Directly in front of Ken is a second Nissin Di700A speedlight with a Rogue grid. The power to this Nissan was turned down, giving a minimal amount of white light. To fire the strobes I used a Dynalite transmitter. The Nissin flash was triggered by using the built in optical slave.
The second image is lit from below with one Dyanlite Baja 6 with the 20 degree, 7” grid and wrapped in Cinefoil. The strobe is centered just below the bottom of the frame. The red backlight is the Nissin Di700A with the Rogue Grid and the red gel. The prevent the light from bouncing off the white ceiling in the studio, we placed a black foam core on a Photoflex boom arm over Ken.
Thank you for stopping by the photographic Lighting Test Kitchen, Ken! Cant wait with you more!
All photographs where shot using a Nikon D810 and either a Nikon 105 Macro or aNikon 70-200 F2.8 with a 1.4 extender. The gels are from the Rosco Location Lighting Kit by Rick Friedman.
Come join us at one of upcoming “Location Lighting Workshops” !
Nov. 4-5, 2017
Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ. 2 day workshop
Nov 22-25, 2017
Exposure International Photography Festival, Sharjah, UAE
January 5-8, 2018
Lighting Workshop &Model shoot in the Bahamas with Vanelli & Friends
Gels and cinefoil are available from my Location Lighting Kit.
Happy Summer! It’s time to capture some of the beauty in the sky above you, as we celebrate Independence Day.
The key to capturing fireworks is timing your exposure so you can capture multiple blasts without over exposing your image. Using a low ISO will give you longer exposures and better quality. Your shutter speed will determine how long the trailfrom the fireworks is. My preference is shutter speeds ranging from 4 to 15 seconds at f8 or f11. Make sure you are shooting on manual exposure.
Another trick is to set your camera on bulb, lock your shutter open with your cable release and hold piece of dark cardboard in front of the lens. When a blast occurs remove the cardboard, when the blast ends, hold it in front of the lens again. This will enable you to record multiple blasts on a single frame.
Colored fireworks will give you more vibrant trails, while white fireworks tend to over expose your image. To eliminate camera shake, as a result of slow shutter speeds use a tripod. I also recommend using a cable release, which allows you not to touch the camera when releasing the shutter. You can also weigh down your tripod for greater stability if it’s a windy day. Hang your camera bag from the hook on the bottom of your trip. For longer exposures, you want to block off the eyepiece to keep stray light form entering the back of the camera and affecting your image. If your camera has a mirror lock up feature, you also want to use this on longer exposures.
The photo below is from the end of the summer frieworks in Oak Bluffs, on Martha’s Vineyard. I was part of the White House Press Pool covering President Obama’s summer vacation. While we were on hold as the President was at a private event, I noticed the fireworks over the harbor. I did not have a tripod with me, nor a cable release (not items you usually need in the White House Press Pool). I propped my camera on a fence post and gently touched the shutter. Rules are only guidelines, you can photograph fireworks without a tripod! ( although not ideal.) You just need to be flexible and creative with your methods.
Happy Summer Shooting!! Hope to see you at my upcoming Niagara area workshop with Doug Hansgate, August 18-20Rick Friedman & Doug Hansgate Lighting Workshop
Happy Tuesday! I shot this photograph during Unique Photo Photo Walk to benefit Parkinson Disease research at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on June 11. The 3 steps to creating this photograph with one speedlight.
Set your camera on manual exposure. Use your in-camera meter to get the proper exposure for the skyline. If you would like your background darker and deeper colors, slightly underexpose the skyline. Do a test shot, you should have a beatiful skyline with a silhouetted model.
For lighting the model, I used a Nissin Di700A speedlight to the left of the camera with Rogue XL Flashbender set up as a striplight. The speedlight was fired using a Nissan Air One transmitter. My speedlight is set on manual. To read the speedlight, I used Sekonic 478 light meter. I shot this at ISO 200 1/80th f5
Equipment used to make this photograph.
NIKON 24-70 F2.8
Nissin Flash di700A
Nissin Air 1 trasmitter
Rogue XL Flashbender
Sekonic 475 Lightmeter
Sunbounce Micro Mini reflector
ThinkTank Urban Disguise 60
+ a wonderful model and lower Manhattan skyline! Thank you Shaza Lauren for modeling and Unique Photo for organizing it!
I just returned from a wonderful time at the CanAm Photo Expo in Baffolo, NY. This is one of my all-time favorite photo festivals, If you were not with us at the Expo, come join us next year in Niagra Falls, Canada.
This year I taught 2 Location Lighting Workshops, one on USS Little Rock and one at Silo City, along with 2 indoor studio workshops and 1 lecture.
I will be back in Buffalo on April 21-23 to teach a 3 day location & studio photography workshop and post production classes with Doug Hansgate. Doug and I are also teaching the workshop in Boston, May 26-28th.
For other upcoming workshops, please check out my workshop page.
We had a great workshops at Unique Photo, Fairfield NJ last weekend. My workshops are a mixture of lighting, shooting, creating and sharing ideas. Everyone gets to shoot every situation, working with speedlights, studio strobes, light modifiers and color gels. Unusual spring weather in NJ let us shoot outdoor and indoor!
Here is a recap of the workshop!
Equipment used during the workshop:
Elinchrom ELB Qudra strobe
Nissin Di700A speedlight & Nissin transmitter
Dynalite Baja strobes
Rogue Flash Benders
Rogue Grid set
Chimera Lighting Light modifier
Rick Friedman Location Lighting Kit by Rosco
I'm teaching a 1 day workshop in Boston on March 8 at Boston Center for Adult Education and Herwin Camera in NYC on March 25! For the full workshops schedule, please visit www.rickfriedman.com. Hope you can join us!
Thank you everyone for joining us at Unique Photo! Happy Lighting!
This series of photographs is from my one day workshop "Lighting Goes on Location in London", part of The Societies of Photographer's Convention last month.
The group spent the day shooting in Piccadilly, Chinatown and Soho. We used several different portable lighting kits, and rarely used light stands!
Most of the time the attendees photographed the models. I took a few minutes at each location to demonstrate my lighting and shooting style. . We started at 10 o'clock, with a lunch stop at the pub between, we finished shooting after 5 o'clock! All my images were shot on a Nikon D810 with a 24-120. My camera was set Manual for all the photographs, lights were read using Sekonic light meter.
Come join me at one of my upcoming workshops. Lots of lighting and laughing!
This spring, I am teaching Unique Photo (NJ), Boston Center for Adult Education Center, Harwin Camera (NYC), Cardinal Camera (Philadelphia & Charlotte NC) CanAM Photo Festival and Pixel Connection (Avon, OH). I will be back in the UK for a series of workshops this summer. Please visit my workshop page to see a complete schedule.
I always carry a slice of orange in my camera bag. Don't you?
You do realize I am talking about an orange gel, better known as a CTO, (Color Temperature Orange). Similar to the other orange, this orange has several uses.
It’s amazing what a little orange can do! You can bring out high lights in your subject’s hair and change gray skies to blue.
This photograph was shot during a lighting demo at Photo Plus 2016 in New York. The main light was Dynalite Baja B6 with a Dynalite Grand Softbox. The hairline light was a Dynalite Baja B4 with a 20 degree grid with a Rosco CTO color gel. The shooting space was about 10 ft x 7 ft., proving you can work in a really small space! Main light was about 2.5 feet from the mode while the backlight was about 2 feet behind. The orange light give her a halo! I used the Dynalite Baja dedicated transmitter to fire the strobes and a Sekonic L478DR light meter to read my light.
This photograph was shot during my Location Lighting UK Tour sponsored by SWPP. (I'll be leading 3bworkshops at their convention in London this January). So... It was a rainy grey day in Caerphilly, Wales, UK, what are the odds? Have you ever set your camera on tungsten and gone outside to shoot? What happens? Your photograph turns out blue! So use this to your advantage on a cloudy day. Set your camera white balance to tungsten, and place a Rosco CTO orange filter over the flash. A CTO filter is a color correction filter, converting your speed light, which is balanced for daylight, to tungsten. You color correct the skin tones of your subject while your background turns blue.
The model is lit by a speedlight with a CTO gel in front of it, shot through a soft box on the right side, with a reflector on the left. The output of the speedlight is tungsten, which matches my camera setting. Because of this, the model has proper skin tones and the background is now blue. To determine the exposure, the camera is set on manual and use your camera meter to read the "Element you cannot control": In this case it is the ambient light on background.
Rosco CTO gels and Cinefoil, along with 22 other gels are included in my "Rosco Location Lighting Kit" (wink wink!)
Here is my upcoming workshop schedule for the next a few months. Come join us!
December 9-11, 2016
New Jersey Camera Show at Unique Photo
February 7-9, 2017
WPPI, Las Vegas
March 4, 2017
Boston Center for Adult Education
March 25, 2017
Harwin Camera, New York City
March 31-April 2
CanAm Photo Expo, Buffalo, NY
This is the season of giving. A great time to be thankful for what we have. I feel that we need this grace especially this year...
For over 20 years I have spent my Thanksgiving volunteering with my camera at Pine Street Inn, New England's largest homeless shelter. Pine St. Inn is a place where Thanksgiving has meaning, for those serving and those being served. Imagine making Thanksgiving dinner of 1500 guests. The folks at Pine St. do it every year! This season is a lot harder for people who don't have family members close by and this makes it so much better. Each year there are many new faces and many of the same faces on both sides of the tables.
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Election day 2016! It's been a long campaign...
I had a great time at Photoplus 2016 in New York! I shot this image during one of my 12 lighting demonstrations. To light this photograph I used 3 Nissin flashes. The main light shot through Rogue Flashbender XL, the hairline light was shot through Rogue grid, placed directly behind her head to backlight her. The background pattern was created by shooting the flash through a pattern cut out of Rosco Cinefoil and colored using Rosco gels (from my Rosco Location Lighting Kit!). I shot this on a Nkon D800 with a Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens at 1/160 second at f4, ISO 100. I later converted the image into Black and White with Adobe Lightroom. This image was a hard choice between color and black and white. Each has a very different feel.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens
3 Nissin 700 A flashes with portable battery
Expoimaging Rogue Flashbender XL
Expoimaging Rogue grid
Rosco color gels
Sekonic D478 Light meter
3 Manfrotto Umbrella adapters
1 Manfrotto Spring Clamp
1 Manfrotto Super clamp
I used Tethertools to connect to the display during PhotoPlus.
Below is a photograph that shows you what the room looks like without my light, This was not shot in a fancy studio but in a small space on a trade show floor. I underexposed ambient light by having low ISO and fast shutterspeed. Without my lighting, the frame looks like a blank empty canvas. You add and control your light to set the mood and feeling of your photograph. That, is the magic of lighting!
I had a recent assignment to photograph ultimate Frisbee Player Tulsa Douglas. As with most of my magazine assignments the only info I was given was her name, contact info and why they are doing a story on her. The rest is up to me to figure out. I knew I wanted photograph her at dusk throwing and catching. First challenge was the location, I knew I needed at large open space to shoot. The second challenge was the lighting. I knew the lighting on this shoot would be a mixture of strobe and ambient light.
For strobes I used 2 Dynalite Bajas. These are 400watt seconds self contained strobes. On the main light, I used a Dynaite Beauty Dish. For a light modifier on the other Baja I used a Chimera strip light and a grid, to create rim light. To determine my exposure I set my Nikon D810 on manual and using the in camera meter I take a meter reading off the sky and underexpose one stop to get deeper color. Using my Sekonic light meter, I set my strobes to give me the same f stop as the reading off the sky. As the ambient light drops, I slow my shutter to keep my exposure the same. Tulsa would be silhouetted, without strobes.
Check out the behind the scenes video below!
Thank you, Colby Todisco for creating the video!