Studio Lighting Fundamentals Using a Mega Apollo

By on 2013-06-06

Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer Jim Schmelzer teaches us different possibilities for Studio Lighting when shooting with the Westcott Mega JS Apollo.  Jim also uses a Westcott 6 in 1 reflector that acts as a fill light. In this video on studio lighting, Jim discusses the advantages of using either umbrellas or a softbox like the Mega Apollo.  He also shows 3 different ways to shoot photographs, and obtain 3 different looks by using just one light modifier, the Mega Apollo.

The 50″ Mega Apollo featured in this post is built on an umbrella frame making it very easy to setup.  Measuring at 50″ inches, the Mega Apollo is the largest light modifier in the series, giving the softest output for speedlite photographers.  The Mega Apollo is also large enough to enclose a small strobe unit, due to the open space inside.  All of the Apollos include recessed edges which helps give a more directional light source, and limited loss of light.

Reflectors, like the one Jim using in this studio lighting setup, come in a variety of fabrics and sizes.  A reflector is referred to by some photographers as the most valuable piece of equipment to have in their photo bag.  6 in 1 reflectors have the ability to not only reflect light onto the subject, but also diffuse light, and subtract light.

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Directional Light with a diffusion panel.

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Bounced light with no diffusion panel.

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Bounced light with a diffusion panel.

 

Westcott Lighting Gear in Action

 
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Jim Schmelzer

Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer
Jim Schmelzer is an award-winning photographer, lecturer and trainer focusing in high school senior portraits and weddings. He is a Master Craftsman Photographer and holds a Master's Degree with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. He has also been a technical representative and lighting adviser for F.J. Westcott for over 25 years.

Related Topics

Categories: Photography Tips;
Format: Videos;
Brands: Westcott Pro;
Topics: Portrait Photography;
Gear: Apollo and Halo and Light Modifiers;
Top Pros: Jim Schmelzer

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