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Elisha Knight: Combining Color Toning & Lighting to Create Classic Cinematic Images

Elisha Knight: Combining Color Toning & Lighting to Create Classic Cinematic Images

Elisha Knight creates stylistic portraits with the perfect combination of dramatic lighting and cinematic color grading. She balances her portraits with commercial and client work and somehow finds time to develop educational content on platforms like TikTok. Elisha’s work ethic and signature style is constantly inspiring us. We were thrilled to get the chance to chat with her and discuss her technique, inspirations, and her passions.

“I’d describe my photographic style as classic and cinematic. I’m generally a positive person, but my work has a more moody aesthetic. I think my honest nature is what shows in my photography.

Finding my photographic style is a never-ending pursuit. A shift in my photography happened when I stopped solely relying on other photographers for inspiration, as it can be creatively limiting. Nowadays, I trust my judgment depending on the shoot while being influenced by many different things such as film, nature, paintings, and of course, other photographers.”

Looking back at some of my earliest work, I recognized that I was naturally drawn to the lighting. I began noticing how light played in everyday life. When I learned that the lighting in some of my favorite photographs and films was artificial, a whole new world opened up for me. I began experimenting with all forms of light, slowly learning about the intricacies of how light can be used to enhance an image. Today I enjoy the challenge of making artificial light feel as natural as possible.”

Color grading plays an important role in my workflow. For the past couple of years, I have wanted to create color presets for myself and others to achieve a similar look to my own. Many have asked about them, and I’m excited to announce that the presets are available now at http://www.elishaknight.com/the-shop !"

We are always curious to hear how our photographers are adventurous in their work. When we asked Elisha if she was challenging herself with photography, she told us:

I got very comfortable with my go-to lighting setup—a one-light with a bounce. It’s a classic setup, but my work started to feel redundant. In the past year, I have been experimenting with more lights, using different modifiers, and playing around with motion blur/ways to distort my images. It’s been really fun to experiment, and I am super happy with some of the work I’ve created. I am thankful for the incredible lighting and modifiers that Elinchrom has to offer.

My go-to setup right now is an ELC 500 with the 39in Rotalux Octa. I genuinely love that modifier. I can create beautiful, soft light with the double diffusion, or dramatic light with some character when you take the diffusion off. It’s so versatile, and I love it!”

Many photographers have been curious about how TikTok is changing the social media game. Here’s what Elisha told us about her journey with this app and how it has helped her.

“I jumped on the TikTok bandwagon to entertain myself while staying at home during the pandemic. I noticed how quickly the platform was growing and had the idea to start utilizing it as another place to share my work. It eventually grew into me creating short educational videos. Because of the video format, it feels more genuine as well. It was a great way for me to continue creating and stay motivated on “work” during the quarantine. It’s an incredible platform to organically grow your audience and show your work to new people. I have 12.3k followers within four months, and I’ve increased my Instagram following by nearly 50% as well.”

A quote I came across recently really resonated with me: "If you are happy doing what you are doing, then nobody can tell you, you aren't successful.”

Elisha’s biggest advice to readers is:
“Confidence takes time to form. This has been the biggest battle for me for a while— and still is at times! But lack of confidence stands in the way of your worth, your motivation, and ultimately your growth. Find a community of supportive creatives, share your work, get critiqued, educate yourself, and don’t compare your photography journey to others.”

To see more of Elisha’s work and to keep up on her future projects, find her on Instagram at @elishaknight or her website www.elishaknight.com

Elisha’s current lighting kit is:

  • ELC 125 Studio Monolight with TTL, HSS and Smart Pro-Active Cooling

    $619.99More infoAdd to cart

    ELC 125 Studio Monolight with TTL, HSS and Smart Pro-Active Cooling

    EL20618.1.US

    The Elinchrom ELC 125 Studio Monolight is a modern 125 Ws compact built to handle your next adventure reliably and consistently. Featuring TTL with Manual Lock, HSS, Smart Pro-Active Cooling, Auto-On, and direct compatibility with Elinchrom's world-renown light modifiers. Always Prepared The ELCs are ready to go the moment inspiration strikes you. With Auto-On, the unit is always in stand by mode with your previous settings saved, and the onboard TTL speeds up dialing in your next exposure. The Manual Lock function enables a quick switch from TTL to Manual without losing exposure settings for quick adjustments or to explore creative effects. Engineered to Last Every aspect of the ELC 125 has been designed and rigorously tested to deliver maximum reliability and extended lifetime. Elinchrom created the ELCs to last through your next adventure. And the one after. And many after that. Stay Cool Under Pressure With Elinchrom's Smart Pro-Active Cooling, the ELC's learn your shooting style and adapt their cooling cycles around it, never interrupting your creative flow. Plus, their cleverly engineered airflow design and low-noise speed-controlled fan can handle the heaviest of workloads. Explore More As important as a solid studio strobe is, the light modifier is where the real magic happens. The bayonet Quick-Lock system grants you direct access to Elinchrom's world-renown light modifiers. Combined with the ELC's bright, Daylight LED modeling lamp to aid your pre-visualization. The potential to evolve your lighting style is endless. Unlimited Flexibility Your equipment should never limit you. Whether you are experimenting in your living room or working in a large studio, the ELC 125 can acclimate. ELCs can be powered down to 7 Ws so that you can reach your desired depth of field or add only a hint of light. Plus, with HSS, you can freeze motion, overpower ambient light and darken backgrounds. Edit Less, Deliver Faster. Elinchrom's precise colour science and accuracy over the whole power range enables you to deliver professional and consistent results to your clients with less wasted time and money in post-production. Wireless Freedom Never miss a shot with Elinchrom's Skyport radio-frequency system compatible with 7 camera brands. You also get intuitive control of flash settings from your camera and your computer. Even non-Elinchrom units and speedlights can be integrated into the wireless setup via the Elinchrom Skyport Receiver Plus.

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  • ELC 500 Studio Monolight with TTL, HSS and Smart Pro-Active Cooling

    $899.99More infoAdd to cart

    ELC 500 Studio Monolight with TTL, HSS and Smart Pro-Active Cooling

    EL20619.1.US

    The Elinchrom ELC 500 Studio Monolight is a modern 500 Ws compact built to handle your next adventure reliably and consistently. Featuring TTL with Manual Lock, HSS, Smart Pro-Active Cooling, Auto-On, and direct compatibility with Elinchrom's world-renown light modifiers. Always Prepared The ELCs are ready to go the moment inspiration strikes you. With Auto-On, the unit is always in stand by mode with your previous settings saved, and the onboard TTL speeds up dialing in your next exposure. The Manual Lock function enables a quick switch from TTL to Manual without losing exposure settings for quick adjustments or to explore creative effects. Engineered to Last Every aspect of the ELC 500 has been designed and rigorously tested to deliver maximum reliability and extended lifetime. Elinchrom created the ELCs to last through your next adventure. And the one after. And many after that. Stay Cool Under Pressure With Elinchrom's Smart Pro-Active Cooling, the ELC's learn your shooting style and adapt their cooling cycles around it, never interrupting your creative flow. Plus, their cleverly engineered airflow design and low-noise speed-controlled fan can handle the heaviest of workloads. Explore More As important as a solid studio strobe is, the light modifier is where the real magic happens. The bayonet Quick-Lock system grants you direct access to Elinchrom's world-renown light modifiers. Combined with the ELC's bright, Daylight LED modeling lamp to aid your pre-visualization. The potential to evolve your lighting style is endless. Unlimited Flexibility Your equipment should never limit you. Whether you are experimenting in your living room or working in a large studio, the ELC 500 can acclimate. ELCs can be powered down to 7 Ws so that you can reach your desired depth of field or add only a hint of light. Plus, with HSS, you can freeze motion, overpower ambient light and darken backgrounds. Edit Less, Deliver Faster. Elinchrom's precise colour science and accuracy over the whole power range enables you to deliver professional and consistent results to your clients with less wasted time and money in post-production. Wireless Freedom Never miss a shot with Elinchrom's Skyport radio-frequency system compatible with 7 camera brands. You also get intuitive control of flash settings from your camera and your computer. Even non-Elinchrom units and speedlights can be integrated into the wireless setup via the Elinchrom Skyport Receiver Plus.

    $899.99
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  • Rotalux Deep Octabox 100 cm (39")

    $289.95More infoAdd to cart

    Rotalux Deep Octabox 100 cm (39")

    EL26648

    This narrow shaped Deep Octa reduces the spread of light and offers sharper shadows compared to standard sized octagonal soft boxes. It provides a very even diffused light over the front screen and a very direct crisp light when used without diffusers to give a beauty dish look.


    The Elinchrom Rotalux Deep OctaBox 39" diameter softbox emits a more focused soft light than most OctaBoxes when used with its included inner and outer diffuser. With either, or both of the diffusers removed, this box acts like a super-large reflector for your flash head. Another innovative feature which distinguishes Elinchrom softboxes from others is the lightweight dedicated speedring, which utilizes knurled, spring-action sockets to connect the stainless rods which form the frame of the box, to the ring. This allows easy assembly of the box in a de-tensioned state. The user then simply pivots the sockets 90 degrees until they lock into place to tension it for use.The 39" (100 cm) Deep Octa shape features a large surface area which renders a "wrap-around" light quality especially when used at close range. It is ideal portraiture.


    The 39" (100 cm) Deep Octa shape is ideal for head-and-shoulders portraiture for a group of people, as a hairlight for groups or for reflective products and glassware. Because of it's deep shape when the light comes out it appears more "punchy".


    Lightweight, dedicated speedrings utilize knurled, spring-action sockets to connect the 8 stainless rods which form the frame of the box.

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  • Rotalux Octabox 135 cm (53")

    $289.95More infoAdd to cart

    Rotalux Octabox 135 cm (53")

    EL26647

    Very popular among beauty and fashion photographers, as they prefer the round catchlight given by this softbox. When using Elinchrom Lights you can make yourself a great folding beauty dish just by removing the front and inner diffusers and adding one of the optional deflectors avialable in the popular Elinchrom deflector kit.

    Another innovative feature which distinguishes Elinchrom softboxes from others is the lightweight dedicated speedring, which utilizes knurled, spring-action sockets to connect the stainless rods which form the frame of the box, to the ring. This allows easy assembly of the box in a de-tensioned state. The user then simply pivots the sockets 90 degrees until they lock into place to tension it for use. The 53" (135 cm) Octa shape features a large surface area which renders a "wrap-around" light quality especially when used at close range. It is ideal for shooting portraiture or fashion.


    Shape

    The 53" (135 cm) Octa shape is ideal for head-and-shoulders portraiture for a group of people, as a hairlight for groups or for reflective products and glassware.

    Quick Setup, Breakdown

    Lightweight, dedicated speedrings utilize knurled, spring-action sockets to connect the 8 stainless rods which form the frame of the box.

    Storage

    Fits assembled but de-tensioned in the included case, ready to set up again in seconds.

    $289.95
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