Summary of "How I Shot It" Live Chat with Erika Mann

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In the video "How I Shot It" Live Chat with Erika Mann, the photographer discusses how she uses magmod to shoot ambient light with a flash, how to balance the flash with the ambient light, and how to create layered images using natural and artificial light.

  • 00:00:00 This video discusses the benefits of using magmod in photography, including its ability to create similar effects to natural light. It also discusses how magmod has helped two professional photographers capture the personalities and relationships of their clients in a more natural way.
  • 00:05:00 Erica Mann discusses how she shoots her images, typically using a CTO grid and a 1/4 cut gel to control the light. She also mentions that a good rule of thumb is to place your flash off-camera at least 90 degrees from the subject to create a more dramatic effect.
  • 00:10:00 In this video, Erika Mann discusses how she shoots ambient light with a flash. She explains that she uses a light stand, a flash, and a black ND filter to adjust the light. She also discusses how to balance the flash with the ambient light.
  • 00:15:00 Erika Mann discusses the importance of having complete control over your flash exposure, the simplicity of manual mode, and the fear of flash anxiety. She recommends starting with simple settings and gradually working your way up to more complex setups.
  • 00:20:00 The author discusses how to shoot a wedding using a 16 to 35 mm lens with manual settings, how TTL can be affected by different types of clothing, and how to adjust the settings for the whole night. She also discusses how to create a "signature" style with her photography.
  • 00:25:00 Erika Mann discusses the challenges of shooting a portrait with a bride in front of a window with natural light. She explains that the bride's exposure would have been too bright if the groom were not in the same exposure, and that by using a flash and setting the aperture high, she was able to create the desired effect.
  • 00:30:00 The photographer explains how to create layered images using natural and artificial light. He advises against using flash in gimmicky situations, and advises practicing with artificial light before using it in a real wedding.
  • 00:35:00 Erika Mann discusses how to shoot portraits with flash, highlighting the importance of considering how to light a particular subject without distracting from the rest of the image. She also discusses how to create a dichotomy in light between two different frames, using a videographer's light as an example.
  • 00:40:00 The author discusses how he shoots weddings using two flashes, and how a CTO gel and a video light help him problem solve. He also discusses how a "failure" can be a success, as long as you learn from it.
  • 00:45:00 Eric Mann shares how he shoots photos and how grids can help with more control over where light is placed. Mann also discusses how his experience as a wedding photographer has helped him in his photography, and how the real life photography conference can be helpful to other photographers.
  • 00:50:00 In this video, Erika Mann discusses her experience shooting a video for her new single, and how she managed to capture the footage in such an interesting and unique way. She also provides some helpful tips for others who may want to shoot similar videos in the future.

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