In this episode on Film Riot, Ryan Connolly walks us through a series of tips and tricks on how to light your subject using different tools and techniques. I do realize these tricks are for film and cinematography, but they can be very easily translated to photography. One of them is a technique called “book lighting”, in which case you light your subject by diffusing a bounced light source, thus making it super nice and soft. Another technique is to use a “cookie” – a fancy term for “gobo” – go-in-between devices. Cheap and very effective!