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Less Is More: High-End Fashion on a Budget with Michael Corsentino

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William Canady (3 months ago)
Very Good tutorial...Very helpful
Amru (3 months ago)
Was looking to buy an inexpensive parabolic umbrella for my work. This video helped a lot, thanks!
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
Several twats are whining evidently,,MC did fantastic,
Ishan Purekar (8 months ago)
What editing software do you use ? Isn't it time consuming??? Ever tried ZenFotomatic (zenfotomatic.com) for editing product photos??? For me it was pretty fast and accurate...would like your views on that!!
have you tried the white 7´umbrella ?
lekaakela (1 year ago)
6:23 he told "i need large modifier to cover man from top to bottom". Ha ha! And spot source of light can't cover this range? There are two ways: you can't explain what you actualy mean or you didn't understand it by yourself...
Luis Salazar (1 year ago)
Nice work
Jamie L. (1 year ago)
So you get the White background to stay white by using boards instead of lights? But can you really balance the light on subject like that and maintain ideal light balance?  I would imagine you need to move around the width of the boards and distance of the model from the wall. What size are the boards and how to keep them up .  Vflats will do the same>
Ira Potter (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video Michael it answers a lot of questions that I had about the possibility of using a large parabolic like this with my Bowens Gemini 750 unit, it should work brilliantly and as soon as I have a shoot that needs a high contrast look like this I will be getting myself a Wescott silver 7'.
Thanks for the vid. Really complete explanation
Ed Silva (1 year ago)
Pretty nice overview and money perspective. Skills vs $$$ :) on point! :)
NuNOfYorBeesWAX (1 year ago)
What is- the relative position - of the Camera to the Subject..? Is it between the Light Source and Subject, OR Paralell to / or slightly behind the Umbrella..?
Link to DIY Silver Cove?
Keith Johnson (1 year ago)
Great review, looking at the Paul C Buff 7' But loved the DIY stuff, might make trip to home depot' today
Hector Rivera (1 year ago)
Great tutorial, I've always wanted to achieve this look. Muchas gracias!
Obi Kenobi (1 year ago)
excellent explanation. Thank you.
Tony's Imagery (1 year ago)
I subscribed because the trolls hate em... Remember kids, trollers and haters make people famous. Thank you trolls and thank you Michael for your wonderful video!
Sandefurwife Sandefur (1 year ago)
What Strobe light is used this video? Do you have any recommendations on inexpensive strobe light and stands? Thanks for the amazing video.
Gary C (1 year ago)
I bought the Westcott umbrella and the diffuser last year because of this video and couldn't be happier. I'm all about less is more because I like to keep shoots as simple as possible so I don't spend all my time messing around with gear. I absoltely love being able to just use one light when I want to. The diffuser makes this a huge softbox and I love it! https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary99099/29232425825 https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary99099/28611974103
James Mason (1 year ago)
Every one of your videos are an exceptional source of info. Great work..!!!!!
rmrfboy (1 year ago)
not high end enough for me.
Alejandra Rosales (1 year ago)
Inexpensive isn't the right term to use here a phase one with a digital back is a 30,000 dollar camera and the prophoto light is a 1200 dollar light come on now! Very useful diagram though but I don't think I get the same look if I was using say... clamp lights and a 60D
Ll G (1 year ago)
Did you try it yet? You don't have to use clamp lights; rent or borrow if you have to. Get flash triggers and you're all set.
Aaron Lee (1 year ago)
I don't see a difference with the the "lightbox" shot vs non-lightbox? Supposedly the shot in the middle??
Jeff Diffner (1 year ago)
Really enjoyed the video and hope to put some of your ideas to test during my next shoot. Regarding your camera placement, are you standing between the model and light source or are you shooting via remote?
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Standing between the source and the model. Thanks for your question.
PA Places (1 year ago)
I fell in love with the channel Until i read the answers for the comments. To me the answers sound rude and unprofessional. I believe in this business you need to get the critics in more friendly way. Good luck but I'm leaving.
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
Outdoorner Streaming dont be a twat
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Thank you, I appreciate that!
doubledark2 (1 year ago)
well said Michael; people hiding away behind a computer and firing off cheap insults/criticism is easy. Put your work out there for all to see and comment on. Anyway; one leaves and another joins :)
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize if I've offended you. To your point, I respond to questions and thoughtful comments about my videos with the best advice and info I can offer. However, I have no time or respect for rude comments ;-)
Chris Cooney (2 years ago)
Great video but your camera isn't anywhere close to most peoples budget
Ll G (1 year ago)
It seems half of the viewers skipped the first two minutes of the video. Wish they would at least try the setup with what they owned before they complained. Anyone should come away with something if they watched the entire video.
shaolin95 (1 year ago)
Michael Corsentino lol indeed.. some people want to do fashion photography with a cell phone and a Walmart unbrella it seems
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Again your missing the point! The Westcott Parabolic is less than $100, couple that with an Alien Bee and you can create what I did. If thats too much production expense for you you really should consider a different career/hobby.
ronmu129 (2 years ago)
Production Costs Not Equipment Cots
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
I'm not really sure what my camera has to do with anything? Cleary the equipment I've chosen to invest in makes sense for my business. The point of this video was to look at less expensive ways to create beautiful light. All I can do is convey how I work with tools and techniques I use in my work.
Alise Mathews (2 years ago)
Michael's explanations on lighting with bounce-back umbrella's were very well done. I wish i could afford some of the tools he works with like the Wescott seven foot parabolic and the Briese. Well done, Michael.
Jason Bodden (1 year ago)
Look into brands like Impact and Interfit which are a good bit cheaper. The build quality is pretty much on par as more expensive brands like Westcott and Profoto but do the same thing for much more affordable prices. I have a few Impact 7 ft. Parabolic umbrellas, a few 60" Interfit umbrellas, and a couple Photoflex 60" and 45" umbrellas, and they're all amazing :)
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you! FYI the Westcott parabolic is reasonably priced at around $100.
Taylor Kim (2 years ago)
love this!! thanks so much
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Nice!
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thanks!
LongtowerNyc (2 years ago)
Appreciate the video but on the diagram it shows a Profoto 7a pack Phase one body and Schneider lens. That's at least like 15 k or more worth of equipment. Not including the pocket wizards, backdrops or parabolic. I get your point and agree but I think using less expensive gear would have more solidified the message. Do it with a point and shoot, flash triggering a cheap brand light on slave mode then it would be a more defined message.
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Sorry but in my opinion you're missing the point. I have no apologies to make regarding the equipment I use in my business. Moreover, the Westcott Parabolic is less than $100, couple that with an Alien Bee and you can create what I did. If thats too much production expense for you you really should consider a different career/hobby because at a certain point you need equipment to create specific results.
Photogangie (2 years ago)
Sorry but the styling is all wrong for high end fashion. Especially the second look that is not high end fashion at all.
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Sorry not sorry ;-)
dadvian sabe (2 years ago)
ommmmm too much equipment and lame lame pictures..i can do so much better with only one speedlight
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
dadvian kevorkian why dont u then mr cock
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Exactly! Thank you ad ;-)
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Good thats the point, go for it. Use it as fuel to create something better ;-)
ad (2 years ago)
I think the point is to get a commercial looking portrait on a budget, one speedlight is fine if you have the right modifier
Aart Phoenix (2 years ago)
Yeah I bet you can xD
Tobias Klein (2 years ago)
Great video! Could you explain why you wanted F16 and not just F8 for example? The depth of field will be there with F8 already I think.
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
With medium format f/16 is really like f/8. Moreover I like the increased depth of field and there are no distracting background elements to worry about.
Mark Shirley (2 years ago)
Great info Thanks - Question - why did you need to shoot at F16.
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
With medium format f/16 is really like f/8. Moreover I like the increased depth of field and there are no distracting background elements to worry about.
1TheQuickstep (2 years ago)
Dunno if you will read this since your video is already a year old, but it would have been way better to see you shooting the image and explain this in a live situation. This graphic was not very helpful, and it was very hard to follow if you have only theoretical speech.
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
Rubi kator stfu
Hector Rivera (1 year ago)
1TheQuickstep Are you paying for those lessons? Your being rude, sir, He's sharing his technic FOR FREE, Don't like It? Go to a fucking school and pay for learn, idiot. At least shut the fuck Up and make your own vídeo. I just don't understand shit like you.
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Thanks for your feedback. My comment was tongue in cheek, sorry it fell flat for you. I've always found white board style presentations that explain the thought process behind what was done a lot more valuable than BTS style videos. Mine is a "teach a man to fish" approach, I'm sorry it doesn't resonate with you ;-)
Rubi kator (1 year ago)
It is pathetic to see how defensive you sound in all of your answers, youtube is a tool that is used to post VIDEOS, don't post a video showing nothing and say that people wanting to actually learn something needs to go to a workshop, because in that case we wouldn't be watching these free videos in a first place. Leaving.
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thats what workshops are for, come to Shutterfest 2017! ;-)
Albert buksnis (2 years ago)
Keep on Talking Michael, the more you talk the better I understand, thank you much. Always wondered what a 7 foot umbrella could do, great presentation !
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Fantastic tips
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Michael Bradley (2 years ago)
Too much talk about everything else.... Stay on point
jirky015 (11 days ago)
Nope, his videos are explained very well, with important details that are relevant and the visual diagrams are depicted very well.
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
Michael Bradley are you the director or the producer, did you participate in the planning,
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Thank you André!
he just explained the core and reasons for everything. Its about lighting concepts, not just show how to do it.
Michael Corsentino (1 year ago)
Thank you MHQL!
Tschännel (2 years ago)
He talks too much and repeats himself over and over.
tertulious tert (6 months ago)
Tschännel your hilarious..I personally dont mind..instructors goal is to guide and as such corsentino is very helpful..
Jofer Alvez (10 months ago)
Thanks for noticing! Thanks for noticing!
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
He really appreciates your feedback ;-) He really appreciates your feedback ;-)
More & Fashion (2 years ago)
Hi please help me understand, How manny watts are your flashes? 500 watts or more? I wish to achieve the same as you have with these pictures...
LongtowerNyc (2 years ago)
hes iusing a Profoto &a pack which can output 2400 watts. Depends on what metered when he shot this depends on the watt seconds used.
RAMSEY SPENCER (2 years ago)
I think you have a very wrong idea what is high fashion photography to start with ... regardless the gear .. just the shooting in general .. just call it photoshoot on budget without ( HIGH END FASHION ) cause you ruining the name of the high fashion world like that .. cheers
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Very dramatic, lovely. I'll be sure and run all future video names past you for approval ;-)
Stan Schurman (2 years ago)
I use the Westcott 7' parabolic with 3 Nikon SB-910s zoomed back to 25mm on a Wescott Triple Threat bracket and the heads flared out to 45 degrees to fill the umbrella. I find I get a nice (close to) high key light even at 100 ISO at F8 and the speed lights at 1/4 to 1/8 power, but with the umbrella closer to the subject than your 15'. I like your idea though and will try it further back with the power boosted to 1/2 or even full if needed. I think I'll get away with 1/2 power.
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thanks!
vasanth saravanan (2 years ago)
would an octa 175cm will get the same effect?
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Try it and see ;-)
joe votta (2 years ago)
White pants on white background? I would have changed the color of one of these components.
Afolabi Babarinde (2 years ago)
hi, is the light directly behind you or is it to side.
Tomas Fredriksson (2 years ago)
Like like like
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Bjorn Hermansen (3 years ago)
Great info, thanks!
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Brian Michael (3 years ago)
I had a question.. The Paul C Buff PLM umbrella is on sale.. the 7ft one is going for $65 compared to the Westcott that is about $100 which would you recommend? Is their a diff in build quality or light quality? I mean.. it is a diff of only $35 so its not like the vast diff in price that you list in this video.. Which would you recommend?
Michael Corsentino (2 years ago)
I'm sorry I can't speak to Paul C. Buff gear. I have no experience with it though Ive heard good things.
Benedict Salvacion (2 years ago)
godox is a nice cheap system too :D bowens mount
alberto cabrera (2 years ago)
+Brian Michael You should get the diffuser...instant soft box
Brian Michael (2 years ago)
+alberto cabrera the Westcott is the one I picked up.. Love it
alberto cabrera (2 years ago)
+Brian Michael I would avoid the PLM umbrella. It is cumbersome to put together if you are using a regular umbrella bracket. If you are using PCB lights...they are okay. I would look at westcott, impact or cheetahstand version. They are a steadier build and feel. If you are looking for a deeper umbrella look up the Lastolite Mega Umbrella. its a 5ft one but its deeper. But honestly, its all of space. If you are in a small space look at the soft lighter II. Its awesome. If space is not a problem the 7 footers are awesome.
Taby Cheng (3 years ago)
I just bought the westcott parabolic umbrella and was searching everywhere for other people's experience using it. I loved this video and how you explained your set up. Awesome job :) I would recommend putting the name Westcott Parabolic Umbrella somewhere in the name so when people search it - it will come to this.
Osceola Felton Jr. (2 years ago)
+Michael Corsentino I can't believe some of these comments. I LOVE all of your videos and you are always very informative. I shoot for a living as my main source of income and I always learn something new. Thank you and keep it up brother!
Michael Corsentino (3 years ago)
+Taby Cheng Thanks! Glad you found it helpful.
Ade Tambunan (3 years ago)
how did you shoot it and not showing up your shadow? because in the picture you shoot it in front of the umbrella.
Michael Corsentino (3 years ago)
+Ade Tambunan Great question! The source is large enough that the light simply wraps around me without any blocking shadow created.
Arslan Farooqi (3 years ago)
+Ade Tambunan When there's a lot of light throw on subject. Shadow doesn't appear. Speedlites are likely to make shadow behind subject but big strobe lights don;t

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