You know those books with all the fancy lighting diagrams side-by-side with anecdotes from the photographers about how they set up the shot? Sure you do. And even though it seemed like a great idea when you bought it, now that book pretty much just takes up space on the shelf, right? What if you could have all that great information in a more convenient package? Something like the Trade Secret Cards from Nice Industries, maybe?
Available in two sets, each contains durable, high-gloss cards with a photo on one side and the lighting diagram and "How-They-Got-The-Shot" story on the other. The Strobist set of 25 cards runs the gamut from portraits to products, to landscapes, to light painting, and lots of cool stuff in between.
Strobist V1.0 Set
The Chase Jarvis set offers some unique insight into 22 highly-stylized portrait sessions. If you're a photographer who really knows their lighting, these trading card-sized refresher courses are a great way to stay sharp. If you're still learning the nuances of lighting-- both in the studio and on location-- these images will inspire you to experiment and take your lighting to the next level.
Chase Jarvis Portrait Sessions V1.0 Set
As a teacher of photography, Trade Secret Cards have become an invaluable piece of my classroom workflow. Let's face it-- you can talk about lighting all you want. There is absolutely no substitute, though, for actually getting out there and doing it. These cards will absolutely help you do just that.