Beauty Lighting for Stills and Video

Trying New Things
I definitely fall into the category of photographers who get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Although I am often hired to shoot a style that my clients see on my website or portfolio, or shoot images for a repeat client the same way I shot the last assignment, I find it so important to have other tricks in my bag. At the NY Photo Expo show, I saw a nice opportunity to test drive two products from Photoflex.

One of my regular hair and makeup artists, Laura Dee Shelley, wanted to do another shoot with me for her portfolio, as well as a short video for her own social media promotion. This would be a great opportunity to try out the new NorthStar Lite, Photoflex’s 1000-watt equivalent LED light for the video, and the new SunLite Reflector 39×72” fabric for their LitePanel for the still shoot. I enlisted the video skills of Cam Camarena and we were fortunate to not only get a great location at one of Laura’s friend’s apartment, but also an amazing model.

Lighting for Video
Setting up the NorthStars for the video could not have been easier. Using the NorthStar Lite inside a Medium LiteDome as our key light serves as a nice soft light to the side of Laura. For a highlight/backlight accent, I added the second NorthStar Lite with just a reflector. The dimmer control on the NorthStar Lite is a great feature and allows for the lights to be set in place and controlled with one simple motion. Being someone who works a lot with portable lights, it was nice to be able to see the light as I was setting up as opposed to my usual educated guess.


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