Super Soft Lighting with the Book Light: OnSet ep. 244

Super Soft Lighting with the Book Light: OnSet ep. 244


Hey this is Daniel Norton, I’m here in my studio in New York City with Pauline, and today I’m gonna show you that something that’s commonly called the Book Light. Book Light… it’s good when things have names really.. it’s really cool. So it’s basically essentially using two ways of diffusing light, to get an extra diffused light. Basically you’re bouncing the light, and you’re sending it through diffusion, so what I have here is a four-foot Chimera frame, fitted with a reflector, white reflector in this case, and I’m gonna bounce my Profoto B1X off of it. In this case I have the zoom reflector on there, I’ll show you guys with a little modelling light – the reason why I have the zoom reflector is, I don’t want to waste light, you know, so I want to get as much light as possible here, anything that flies by is not really gonna help me, so I want to definitely do that, and you’ll notice the angle I have it at, right, I’m not bouncing it like this, like you may have seen me doing with V flats before, because what I’m going to ultimately do is, create a book shape or a V shape like this, with the diffusion, and that’s gonna allow you to bounce in and then back out to Pauline. So here’s the diffusion panel, it’s a full diffuser, four foot, same size, I have it here, once we lock this thing in, and again we want to create kind of this V shape, so this light is here, I’ve kind of nested the C stands together, you probably see that. We have sand we’re got just one sandbag on both of them, this is kind of out over the non you know sand bagged area, but it’s pretty safe over here, so if you’re on a busy set, you might want to put another sandbag, all right, so go and do this. So you guys can see it, so over here on my camera, I do have a Profoto A1, but I’m just using it as a controller, so I can fire the light so first of all we’ll start with no.. no flash, yet see what we get. I’m at 1/30th of a second, because it’s kind of dark outside with f/4, there we go, and that gets our windows pretty much where I want them. Remember I need light that hits the window’s because they’re white shades and it’s gonna make them look a little brighter. So I want them to be a smidge dark, so I’m gonna bring this guy up whatever my TTL to is to basically to zero, and let’s see what this looks like, nice and pretty, here we
go, good here we go, nice and even, I’m just gonna check it, okay, looks like give me a little bit of a darker exposure than I want, so I’m gonna kind of eyeball that, come back you know, it’s heavily backlit situation so the TTL needs to kind of figure out what’s going on. You want to bring it up half a stop, a little bit more, good, I think that’s about where I want it, yeah, the idea here is is like tremendously flat kind of catalog feel, to the images. So now that I’m set in this kind of situation, I’m gonna throw my controller into manual, so it stays where it’s at, and I’m going to commence shooting, so I turned it up again, just a smidge, I’m just looking at it, yeah that’s good, all right, here we go, good good, isn’t fast, I have the camera on beep, the light rather, as usual, so I know where it’s ready, good, I’m shooting through a bunch of shots, this is pretty forgiving, I mean it is coming from one direction, so you don’t want to have her completely look the other way, but uh towards the light is nice, I am shooting at 1/30th, so I you know, I am being cautious of too much movement, I’m kind of waiting till she locks into her spot, not shooting it kind of in the move, yeah, let’s hurry, let’s take a peek, easy, you can see a little bit of camera, a little bit of movement at 30th, so we want to definitely make sure that we’re locked down there we go that one’s good. So that’s the only thing you want to be a little cautious of with this, is a little bit of camera movement, something I’m gonna give the light just a smidge more, the lights dropping outside, and as it does it’s making the whole image feel a bit darker, so I’m gonna turn up the lights a little bit more, let’s see what that looks like. That’s good, take a quick look, I always put the computer as far away as possible, so I get exercise, that’s better, all right you guys know I like my stuff a little bit hotter. Good, nice, good, beautiful, now because of our proximity to the windows that’s the reason why we’re gonna get that little bit of blur guys, if she wasn’t close to the windows, and you would have no problem, even with a slower shutter speed. It’s really the light, the flash is mostly lighting her, but we are getting some light on her without it. So a couple more, sometimes when it’s super easy you just have to keep shooting, because it just feels good, good, nice, that’s pretty. Yeah there we go, nice and easy, right, just like that, but uh you have to make that sound when you’re done, but that’s like the important sound to make. That’s always the awkward part of it they have to go back to where the camera was, so that’s it, right this is the Book Light, you may have seen this talked about. I think somebody probably started calling it that, I don’t know who, somebody’s gonna tell me in the comments. Blah blah blah, I named it the Book Light. Well there you go, it’s basically you’re, you’re doubling up, you’re your diffusion, you’re bouncing, and then you’re diffusing because if you were to just keep adding more diffusion to this, this is already a full diffusion, it’s not gonna really diffuse it much more. It’s just gonna cut down your light, but by bouncing it first, you’re scattering the light which is going to make it more diffused, so it gives you that really big kind of cloudy day light, coming through the window. No thanks for watching this, I will put Pauline’s information in the description, so you guys can follow her follow me DanielNortonPhotographer, be sure to subscribe to AdoramaTV and ring the bell. I’ll see you next time OnSet.

43 Comments

  • Mike Pulido

    December 31, 2019

    Great video/info thank you

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  • Wethington Photo

    December 31, 2019

    I love your work and tips. I imagine it would be so much fun shooting in New York City.

    I photograph High School Seniors in lovely South West Michigan! As you can see in my BTS videos on my channel it is not the same as a big city!

    But, we make it work!

    Thanks again. I also appreciate how many different setups you demonstrate. Very useful, and informative!

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  • John Longmuir

    December 31, 2019

    As always, good stuff Daniel. Happy New Year!!

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  • Patty Mattes

    December 31, 2019

    I just love these simple set ups. Thanks Daniel!

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  • fmrff70

    December 31, 2019

    Thanks for another great lesson. Still saving up for the Chimera, after catching your live expo @ Photoplus this year!
    Happy New Year!

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  • Vivek Vishwakarma

    December 31, 2019

    Nice

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  • Alfredo Hernandez

    December 31, 2019

    I've never used this technique before, I have used a white wall to bounce light into a 6ft diffuser. This to me seems a lot more controlled. Thanks for the video, Have a great New Year Daniel !

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  • Mike James

    December 31, 2019

    Interesting. Thanks, Daniel and Pauline!

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  • Tennessee Rick Elliott

    December 31, 2019

    Does TTL operate based upon the corresponding camera metering settings (i.e. spot, center weighted, full frame), or does it always operate on evaluating the full frame?

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  • derek bell-jack

    December 31, 2019

    good book,happy new year daniel and the rest of the crew,from scotland.

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  • Tom Cahill

    December 31, 2019

    Loving the advice when you coming to the UK ?

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  • CharleyL

    December 31, 2019

    Nice method….wish I had the studio space for it. I'll have to figure out how to do it on a smaller scale. Thanks Daniel.

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  • hawg427

    December 31, 2019

    The actual light hitting your model is considered Flat lighting as compared to a 1:2 or a 1:3 ratio right Daniel? Since your associated with Adorama have you had the chance to shoot with the new Leica SL-2 I think it is, with 47mp. I cannot remember all their cameras but it's their newest auto-focus model. LOL

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  • Thereal111t

    December 31, 2019

    It’s like the rogue flashbender super fancy edition.

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  • psimmy73

    December 31, 2019

    She's exquisitely beautiful

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  • David Centifanto

    December 31, 2019

    I find it interesting how her skin looks very nice in the photos, yet the live view looked more yellow. Nice learning experience.

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  • Mac West

    December 31, 2019

    Lovely model. Can you explain why we saw camera movment with the windows? Is it because the flash was not dominant? Thanks for all you do looking foward to your work in the New Year. Mac

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  • Yehoshua Derovan

    December 31, 2019

    Wouldn't you say this is exactly what's happening in a softbox style umbrella, like the Photek Softlighter or any large umbrella with diffusion on the front? The results seem similar too. I'd love to hear your thoughts, Daniel.

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  • Mr Dev

    December 31, 2019

    Just wondering, do you 'Spot' meter in TTL or does the camera disregard metering mode?
    Cheers 👍👍

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  • phynx2006

    December 31, 2019

    I think its called the book light because you "read" about it 🤣

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  • GilbertTV

    December 31, 2019

    thanks Daniel

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  • JP dJ

    December 31, 2019

    N ice shots, Daniel. Nice dress and cute posing, Pauline. Here, I think I would put two 3'x4' next to each other to create a 6'x4' light as soft as this. Here, the background with the daylight and the curtains work really well – certainly match the feel of the "sweet" dress.

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  • Eddie Cuza

    December 31, 2019

    Can you bounce off the wall then diffuse it?

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  • Jim Resnikoff

    December 31, 2019

    Love that lighting.. comes out super soft. Happy new Year Daniel. (did you misplace the controller you finally replaced?)

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  • Fernando Cancino

    December 31, 2019

    Nothing new,

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  • Alan Johnstone

    December 31, 2019

    Thanks Daniel and Pauline and Happy New Year

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  • cosmo ianiro

    December 31, 2019

    how does that compare to a 6ft umbrella?? thank u

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  • Evander Quinn

    December 31, 2019

    I don't think the book light is much different from a reflecting umbrella with a white inlay with the matching diffuser (plus you can point the umbrella in basically any angle required). Should be creating exactly the same soft light if not even nicer. Especially when your umbrella is 7 feet in diameter (like the one I have in use). This is not to show off, it's because there is another option that's more reasonable and most likely cheaper than the option shown in the video. Especially when you're on a budget.

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  • Roy Bixby

    December 31, 2019

    Good look – Light looks similar to the olden daze Brolly…

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  • Fernando Martinez Andrade

    December 31, 2019

    thanks for the setup Daniel.
    any tips for camera height to achieve different portrait looks? happy new year!

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  • Z50-Z6

    January 1, 2020

    Too bad the light top to bottom wasn’t even. Face and hair seriously under lit! A light meter would prove it. Sorry

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  • Kimage

    January 1, 2020

    I've got the lights…….how can I get that super girl???????

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  • Marc Labro

    January 1, 2020

    interesting topology !
    how do you have sharp effect at 1/30sec with the girl slightly in motion ? flash freezes but at 1/30sec your camera still sees the girl.
    i find a pity the background has become dull while it as a dreamy ethereal background on video. how could we keep this light background ? just a small power on a cobra flash to fill-in ?

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  • Rathu One

    January 1, 2020

    The model is so beautiful 😍she looks like Cinderella 😍😍😍

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  • Miguel Gallegos

    January 1, 2020

    Isn’t the 7foot umbrella with difusión the same?

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  • Todd

    January 1, 2020

    Thanks Daniel, Happy New Years!

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  • bansheebug

    January 1, 2020

    Hi Daniel, Paulina,
    Still on deck the 31th, december : great ! Thank you for the tuto.
    Best wishes for 2020, and great Onset videos !
    Cheers

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  • PiDsMedia

    January 2, 2020

    It's called the same on film sets, but we'd use some blackouts to stop spill, or foam panels under and above the light to bounce any off-axis light leaks back in to the book.When applying Inverse Square Law, do you calculate it from the light source, or the frame with the diffuser? – we tend to do it from the frame.

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  • ElMarkoCinco

    January 2, 2020

    Hi Daniel, did you know the latest version of Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2 has crushed tethering Canon cameras to Lightroom and the EOS utility?

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  • Brett Haddock

    January 3, 2020

    Thank you. This something I will need to try.

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  • Amit Singh

    January 3, 2020

    Now when the cameras have gotten really better & with the ISO perfomance n all, why are we shooting at 1/30s ?

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  • Richard's World Traveler

    January 9, 2020

    Wow, she had all the poses down A-Z.

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  • Greg Urquhart

    January 9, 2020

    Looks like you could use a white wall for the “bounce” with a diffuser angled in front of?

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