Learn Virtually Every Lighting Setup You’ve Ever Imagined For Free

Learn Virtually Every Lighting Setup You’ve Ever Imagined For Free

If you’ve ever wanted to see how the pros light amazing studio shots, look no further. My wife and I recently moved into a new place that offers quite a bit of new space for studio style photography. Being a tad rusty I was excited about the plethora of shooting opportunities a controlled lighting space would offer, but found myself lacking motivation. Until I discovered Broncolor’s “How To” section on their website.

Broncolor has an unsurpassed reputation when it comes to studio lighting equipment. Their products are used by some of the world’s top professionals and it’s those very same individuals providing behind the scenes details from some of their best work. 

A quick look at the site reveals several variations of well designed shots that are unique in the sense that I found myself wondering how they were accomplished. One shot in particular by photographer Nadia Winzenried caught my eye - a stationary wine glass and a second crashing down from above with the image captured right at the moment of impact. My immediate thought was that this had to be captured with an incredibly short flash duration, which is the case, but it also involved use of a "sound trigger" which was something that was new to me. In addition, three lights were utilized with varying sizes of modifiers and Nadia goes onto explain the intricacies involved in of capturing just the right moment. 

This shot of two wine glasses captured by Broncolor photographer Nadia Winzenried is explained in explicit detail

While this shot seemed fairly advanced, at least from a technical standpoint, there were numerous other examples that crossed over all ranges of skill and far less gear required. For example, this shot by Fabio Gloor features an insane lighting pattern that is shot with a single light and a barcode shaped pattern on a white background. Such a shot could theoretically be created with relative ease by anyone with a cheap light and a willing model. 

A single light and a barcode shaped pattern were all that was needed for this shot.

There are tons of examples on their site all of which include detailed schematics as to how it was lit, which modifiers were used, as well as a brief description of the thought process that went into designing the shot; information that usually you would pay good money for. I encourage everyone to have a look and try some of the same shots on their own. There is nothing wrong with using others' work for inspiration in your own.

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9 Comments

Del Robertson's picture

Great find :) Will be trying some of these ideas out. Thanks Mark!

Mark Bowers's picture

I couldn't believe it myself when I came across it! Glad you find it useful

The How-To series is a goldmine for advanced lighting. The older episodes are also excellent btw.

Mark Bowers's picture

John-i was blown away by the content they had here for free. I came actually found the site watching one of their videos which I agree, are also excellent

Michael Murphy's picture

I agree, Great find. I will be setting up my first actual in-house Photo-studio (rather than visiting or renting someone else's studio) this summer and its nice to see the possibilities will be endless and I will actually have a clue as to where to go and where to start to get there. Invaluable.

Mark Bowers's picture

Hey Michael -the for viewing! I'll be trying my hand at some of these as well very shortly. Send some of your shots to me when you get going or post them to our site!

Michael Murphy's picture

I'm on Instagram as Digital_3D_Artist if you have Instagram and wish to follow each other there also. I will be posting photos soon both places.

Wow this is incredible!