Adventures in Light with David Clifford

Some photographers are lucky enough to say they had a parent inspire them to pick up a camera. For David Clifford, his father was a longtime Minolta shooter with a subscription to American Photo magazine. Clifford’s story is one that follows an interesting narrative of immersing yourself in what you love, realizing when you have to make the hard choices of following passions, and setting yourself up for success with investing in yourself.

Perfect Lighting with Quick Release Rings and M.D. Welch

A softbox can be a photographers best friend, giving you limitless possibilities with options like removable diffusioin, reseased faces and additional options like grids. But that friendship can turn ugly when trying to setup or teardown a softbox on set, or on location. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.

Creating the Images of the NFL

Senior Photo Editor and lead photographer for the NFL, Ben Liebenberg on creating and curating images for the iconic sports league and the tools he uses.

Controlling Light with a Lighttools® ez[POP] Fabric Grid

Grids are one of the most powerful tools for Photographers. But when it comes to softboxes, grids can go from friend to foe in a matter of moments. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.

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The History of Chimera

From its inception in 1980, Chimera Lighting has gained a reputation for innovation and excellence in the photography and film industries for its exceptional lighting products. But, like many innovative companies, Chimera evolved from humble beginnings.

Dan McClanahan Chimera Visionary Contest Winner talks about maintaining growth in a smaller market

The biggest thing you’ll always hear over and over in tons of businesses is – location, location, location. Photography is no different but that mantra is not entirely as simple and direct as per se, the real estate industry. Simply put, people tell you that if you shoot a certain style of photography you should be in a big market for that said photography genre to make your business flourish. Dan McClanahan will tell you why thats not true.

SHOOTING A LOW BUDGET FEATURE – WORKING WITH ACTORS

Working with Actors: During the process of making a film, the cinematographer is setting up lights and devising camera shots, managing the crew and communicating with the sound department … and working with the director, amongst many other tasks. But when it comes time to roll camera, that moment is ultimately for the director and the actors.

SHOOTING A LOW BUDGET FILM – CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES

I love the challenges and opportunities that come when working with natural light. There’s a certain beauty to existing light on locations, and I think it’s our job as cinematographers to take what’s best with the light and make it work for the scene.

BROOK AITKEN LIGHTS SAMUEL L. JACKSON WITH CHIMERA AND NILA

Chimera Visionary Brook Aitken set out to capture one of the worlds biggest movie stars Samuel L Jackson for a Fox Sports NFC Championship pre-game spot between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Brook packed his usual key light and modifier combination a Nila Boxer and Chimera Super Pro Boxer Edition (#1035N). This combination of Nila Boxer and Chimera provided a very soft wrap around light for Mr. Jackson’s interview. Watch the final spot and see the behind the scenes below.

BOB CARMICHAEL USES CHIMERA & K5600 SOFT LIGHT FOR STILLS AND MOTION

I. Bob Carmichael, am a director/cameraman and still photographer that learned to light in the motion picture business. We wanted to keep Mike Boyd Drums very simple and dramatic. So when I outfitted my studio I went with K5600 HMI lights because I loved the look, power and knew how reliable the company and product was. I shoot most of my stills under these lights and my smaller film projects. I have two small Chimera soft boxes, 2 mediums, a large plus, and a Pancake. That covers me for a lot of projects. Greg Lowe and I go back some 40 years making adventure films and I’ve always admired his design brilliance. Chimera Lighting is simply family to me.