This month on Digital Photography School, I’ve published two very different articles on lighting.

A Love Letter to the Humble Softbox

This first article discusses how the softbox may be one of the most underrated modifiers for studio lighting. Almost all studio photographers start out with a softbox, but as photographers’ skills grow, it’s common to opt for more specialist modifiers like beauty dishes and specialty softboxes like the octabox. These are great, but sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and see what this more than competent choice of lighting modifier can do for you.

This article discusses why you should consider going back to the basics every once in a while and includes a lot of examples with lighting diagrams for you to use yourself.

You can read the full article on DPS here.


How to Create Dark and Dramatic Backgrounds Using High-Speed Sync

Taking the lighting out of the studio, this tutorial shows you how to use High Speed Sync (HSS) to darken your backgrounds for moodier, more dramatic imagery. It isn’t a difficult technique, but it does require certain equipment, namely a HSS capable light and a trigger.

The tutorial discusses how to use the technique in both e-TTL and manual modes.

Read the full HSS tutorial on dPs here.

If you’re eager to learn more, you can join me for a HSS workshop in the spring of 2019.

That’s it for October. As always, if you find the articles useful, please feel free to leave a comment on the articles. Any questions, please ask away.


Until next time

Happy Halloween and see you in November!