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Hi and welcome back.

I try to include Behind-the-Scenes or BTS shots in my work, especially when teaching. Unfortunately, though, what happens is that the shot is not clear or there is too much background to give a clear image as to the setup.

I’ve just found a software solution called Set A Light by Elixxier.


This software allows you to build a set in 3D and then export it to a PDF for email, printing, assistants, or any creative who needs it.

I just got a free trial and love it.  I can build a set and then export it so I can teach with it.  I can also add notes and exposure information on the top.

Here’s my example shot:

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In order to get this shot, I built a diagram in Set A Light.  In the upper left is my photog/client info and below that is my gear and settings info.  This is a great tool!  Now I can print out or have simple light plans for every need.

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The software platform is simple and setup with a series of 2 minute videos to walk you though it.  I found that I was able to navigate it in about 15 minutes.

Here is the interface:

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It is simple and the tool bar on the bottom has selections for models, strobes, speed lights, reflectors, and props:

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Simply choose your tool, drag and drop it into the set, and manipulate it to any setting you want.

Once you have the set done, you click the render button and it renders the set into a PDF:

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Once the set is rendered, simply add a title and exposure information to the upper left hand corner fields and click ok.  The PDF goes to any folder or your desktop and prints or emails perfectly.

For me, the set maker software allows me to explain lighting setups easily.  If you are in a studio, simply export to a PDF and give it to any assistants or creatives that need it.  You can have a set built and ready while your clients are in styling or creative meetings.

This is a great new tool, and at $40.00 US, a steal!  No need to worry about BTS shots anymore, just take a few minutes to create a 3D model and away you go!

Well that’s it for today.  Till next time, happy set building!