Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lighting Setup Diagrams with and without Photoshop are possible!

Photoshop .psd DiagramToday it's a good day to talk about making your own Lighting Setups.

A lot of people have been asking me for something like this I know that this is not a new issue over the internet or even among photographers communities but since you asked for it then it is an article about this.

I know David Hobby talked about it last year on his Strobist page but is never too much to mention it again.

The Gear on Photoshop .psd DiagramThe guy who created this really useful tool as multi-layer .psd file for all pPhotoshop (Mac and Win) is Kevin Kertz, unfortunately after one year since I downloaded v1.1 he still haven't updated it with new lighting gear... maybe we should mail him to get an update version ;)

At least it still have some good tools for your photo setup projects.

Lighting Studio web pageThere is also another version similar to this one that you can use almost anywhere and without Photoshop since this is an online version of almost the same product created in Flash named Lighting Studio.

This one is not a so visual complete version as the .psd one but it's also very useful for some on site or quick setup remembrance build when Photoshop is not in hand.

I think it's pretty good for a Flash web one, oh well at least you got a good looking model to play with :)

Here are the links for each one:

LightSetup .psd zip file
SDGPhoto Lighting Studio

Photographer Maurice Mc Duff have some great examples of what you can do with this.

Enjoy them and have a great weekend.

4 comments:

Aaron said...

Rui, this is really, cool. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't .psd files raster files rather than vector graphics? (i.e. they're pixelized images which don't scale well for printing).

I've been thinking of building up a library of vector images in the free open-source program InkScape. I'll let you know when I'm done with it.

Rui M Leal said...

You are quite right aaron.

Let me know of the progress because I think this would be a major improvement over the actual version.

Thanks for the comment.

Rui

Quoc Huy said...

Hi,
I've just release a beta version of my lighting diagram tool. It is based on the graphical object in the PSD from Kevin Kertz:
Lighting Diagram Creator

Anonymous said...

Try www.photoshootlayout.com for a full featured version of lighting diagram software. It is a pay version but you get a lot of features and it resides on your PC.

You can save the layouts as projects or export in many formats. You can also upload your own images or icons into the application.