This is how I made this image:
The Situation: It’s the top of 2024, very early in the morning at the Elliott's home, and I need to shoot some fresh promotional content of myself to get this new year started right.
The dilemma: Our kids will be up raiding the refrigerator for breakfast soon so I must move fast to get all the content I need while keeping the production footprint as small as possible.
The Process: Instead of pulling out powerful studio lights on C-Stands, heavy-duty tripods, and backdrops, I decided to scale back greatly, only using my DSLR camera, and a couple of battery-powered RGB lights on travel light poles to get the desired cinematic look I was going for.
(watch the video using the link below)
The outcomes: From this effort, I recorded 1 social media promo, a mini photoshoot, and filmed this tutorial video, and had it all broken down before the kids came out of their rooms.
The Point of it all: This is proof that you can create with minimal equipment if you allow yourself to think creatively! Let's put it in perspective. This particular camera was released 8 years ago. So compared to newer models, it's a dinosaur. The lens is a few dollars above the cost of a stock lens. These small tube lights are amazing however, they're not made to be key (main front) lights. They are great accent lights for background aesthetics at best. And yet, I was still able to achieve an above-average image from this setup. Not because of top-tier equipment, but because I approached the shoot with a vision. I knew what the result should look like. Knowing this, I also knew which equipment was capable of producing this look.
The bottom line, anyone can get these results or better with a little practice and creative thinking.
Used to bounce off of the foam board
Mini Tube: https://amzn.to/48L3ehK
The main light
Tube light: https://amzn.to/4aLkxAZ
The hair light from behind (any RGB light will do)
Luxli Light: https://amzn.to/3RQ8xFR
STANDS & MOUNTS:
Holding my main light (any light stand will do)
Portable travel light stand: https://amzn.to/3RTkiem
Holding my camera on the table (any mini tripod will do)
Mini Tripod: https://amzn.to/3tM3ldX
Holding my phone (any smartphone holder will do)
Travel Tripod: https://amzn.to/48L4mC0
Holding the foam board in place
Dual Super Clamp: https://amzn.to/3vpTL0N
1080p photo/video camera
Canon 80D: https://amzn.to/3vtXElx
Yongnuo YN50: https://amzn.to/48LjW0w
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