Easy DIY Lighting Diagrams

Over at FredMiranda.com, Kevin Kertz has created a little "unfinished" Photoshop PSD file that can be used to easily create a professional-looking lighting diagram. I'd be using it here, except Kevin would prefer it be used for personal purposes only.

But if you, personally, are a personal kind of person, you can use it to demonstrate your lighting prowess (after the fact) for your fellow shooter.

Simply download and open the file in Photoshop, drag and drop the various items (they are still live, in different layers) and flatten that sucker into a jpeg.

Beats illegible scribbles on the back of a cocktail napkin any day.

Thanks to trappedlight for the heads up on the Strobist Flickr discussion group.



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Blogger Omar Casasola said...

Hello David
Thank you very much for your info. I have always loved to rig my own sep up and gear when I am at shoots because of the special training I had back in college in my photojournalism class( photojournalists are a special breed in that sense, it's like if we were all MacGyvers ). Can you please guide me to the assignment page. I just stumbled on your site today. Thanks.

October 04, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I've been looking for a template like this FOREVER. You would think the guys over at Omnigroup would make a template for Omnigraffle (Mac Only)... but noooo. With this template, who need's 'em!

October 05, 2006 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Roscoe said...

That is a great tool David thanks so much.

I think that the comments on that page are valid as well. Many books do not take the time to show the setup. I think that if you are going to be making a book then each setup should be detailed with a "map" like this as well as a wide angle behind the scenes shot.

Good find thanks again. I love what you are doing BTW.


October 05, 2006 2:18 AM  
Blogger Debbi_in_California said...

This is terrific and I am a personal kind of person LOL!

October 05, 2006 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Antoine Khater said...

David, I am still amazed at your blog. Haven't had the courage to dwel into the flash photography world yet, but I keep reading your posts and snap some for my own blog. i hope you dont mind

October 05, 2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, it's easy to make your own Omnigraffle template, but you wouldn't be able to distribute one based on Kevin's artwork.

October 05, 2006 5:26 PM  
Blogger bjorke said...

Have you ever seen the Japanese magazine COMMERCIAL PHOTO from Genkosha? Every issue covers the local advertising scene along with TV commercials and had detailed coverage of ad and other lighting setups, complete with such drawings (and snaps of the set).

I admit it's hard to get here in the states, I always pick up a copy whenever I'm over there. Sometimes Kinokuniya and other J-vendors have it in the U.S., you can also get it from amazon http://photojpn.org/books/mags/commerc.html

The magazine website is http://www.genkosha.co.jp/cp/

Try Nifty GlobalGate http://tool.nifty.com/globalgate/ to translate some of their web pages

November 07, 2006 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Quoc Huy said...

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

Please use this for personal purpose only as preferred by Kevin

January 23, 2009 9:53 AM  
Blogger Jānis Lanka said...

For some that might be interested, there is also another alternative on iPhone called Strobox. You can check it out more on http://app.strobox.com . Hope this helps some of you.

December 08, 2009 4:52 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

Side note: Saving the diagram as a PNG will make nerds happier, edges sharper and the file size is likely smaller as well :-)

That's not the kind of image JPEG was designed for.

January 12, 2011 3:36 AM  

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