Join Skip Cohen University and the Likes of Scott Kelby for Free Webinars

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Starting today, the free afternoon Skip Cohen University webinars will remotely connect photographers of all skillsets with leaders in the industry.

Being stuck inside is no fun for anyone, but there are some things we can do to help pass the time. Learning new skills is one way to make the most of the extra time you may now have on your hands, and Skip Cohen University is offering up free lunchtime webinars with the likes of Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, and Anne Geddes. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Joe McNally Teaches You The Basics of Lighting

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product images (8 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.5

TTL lighting can either be one of the simplest or most difficult lighting modes to work with. It stands for Through the Lens Metering, and photographer Joe McNally is teaming up with Profoto to explain it to you in the video after the jump along with other things like lighting ratios and high speed sync.

TTL works by working with the camera’s metering–specifically with the aperture and the ISO since they directly affect the way the light is rendered in the scene. He also evangelizes the Profoto Air system, which we have to admit is very good. What you may not know is how the pre-flash works in TTL communication.

The other videos explain lighting ratios and how they work. This is more complicated and involves using more than one light source–they’re best done manually to ensure that you get exactly what you want but Profoto and other systems let you set lights up in ratios. Beyond that, they also talk about High Speed Sync, which involves shooting with a faster shutter speed than the camera typically allows to kill more ambient lighting. If you can’t shoot with high speed sync with your flash (not be confused with flash duration), many photographers have used ND filters to get the same effect.

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Joe McNally Talks About Smooth Light vs Edgy Light

Screenshot taken from the AdoramaTV video

Screenshot taken from the AdoramaTV video

Photographer Joe McNally is one of the best instructors on photography lighting out there–and he recently completed a video with AdoramaTV talking about edgy vs smooth light and how he used both. What does he mean by smooth and edgy? Smooth light is very soft and specular to bring out details in a subject but also is very soft in its characteristics to make skin look beautiful. Edgy light is specular and brings out even more details partially due to its positioning.

Joe talks about using both types of lighting that involve the use of soft boxes but the latter includes the addition of a ring flash–which is a very edgy light modifier. Fashion photographers use them a lot to give a beautiful ring shape light in a subject’s eyes and can deliver a shadowless look.

The smooth light, as Joe talks about, is much better for beauty photos that don’t require edge and just want to emphasize beauty. It’s a very popular style amongst many portrait photographers. Joe uses the edgy light to make the other image look more gritty, which is also done by other photographers that do the more Terry Richardson style of work. Joe talks about using the ring light in a different way though–to instead open up extra details and provide a bit of fill.

His video is after the jump.

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Joe McNally Teaches You How to Add Soft Directional Light to Portraits

Joe McNally Lastolite Ezybox

Photographer have long known the best light for portraits is defused, directional light but what about adding some extra illumination in broad daylight? Despite how redundant it might seem to add even more light when the sun is high in the sky, sometimes an extra hint of fill light can make your pictures pop more and clearer.

Luckily professional photographer savant Joe McNally is here to show you how its done right. In an episode of Adorama TV video Joe shows off how the Lastolite Ezybox softbox paired with a Nikon SB-910 speedlight can add soft directional light to make a picture really sing.

Thanks to a new white interior for the Lastolite softbox that Joe thought up, the Ezybox adds a soft shower of illumination that naturally falls off the subject’s body. Normally the same softbox would come with a silver interior, which would produce a much crisper and contrasty image, but at the cost of producing a much brighter center of illumination. We much prefer the natural softer look of this the white Lastolite Ezyboz with the white lining too.

In case you were wondering what other gear Joe had on hand for the shoot he also used a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G lens, and an Avenger C stand to hold his speedlight. Check past the jump to see the video.

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