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This article was cowritten with my friend James Ball Three-point lighting is the basic starting point for film and video. It can also be used well as a portrait lighting approach for photography.  What’s ideally happening is that the subject is light in a way that illuminates their face (with one side more dominant) and […]

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LED Lighting is a great way to shoot video and photo projects, but its more expensive than other choices.  Fortunately you can extend the budget and your lights usefulness with some key accessories. In this tutorial, explore some cost-effective options for working with LED lights in your video productions. Watch the follow-up movies within this […]

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Six years ago I started making pictures, and I dove right in planning to make a portrait business. The best thing I did was attend David Ziser‘s workshop where he taught me that shadow and light are the most important technical things to learn in photography. He showed image after image of stunning portraits, and […]

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Lumix GH4, Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, f/3.2, 1/50s, ISO 1000. Crank the ISO and extend battery life.

One of the best reasons to go to trade shows is to get your hands on new gear. I’m not talking about the latest camera or lens from Nikon or Canon–you can hold that and try it on at the camera store any time you want. No, the best gear to get your hands on […]

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Triptik Studio by Jeremy Cowart

Lately, I have been researching studio configurations. Jeremy Cowart’s Triptik Studio Walkthrough got the juices flowing; especially the rolling backdrop that doubles as storage for bounces, flags and other gear. My space is an open floorplan and I already have plenty of stuff on casters, including my edit desk. I’d never thought of something like […]

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman in Fort Lauderdale. We learned how to maximize picture quality with proper exposure settings, understanding how to “master the speeches” and get perfect audio every time, and how to price & position our work to gain high-profile clients. It was great watching some of Ray’s favorite wedding films to help illustrate everything we were learning.

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“Can you make me lose ten pounds?” is the first thing every one of my subjects asks, implying the use of Photoshop wizardry. Ten Pounds? Sheesh, we can do that with a simple pose. Here’s a good looking guy, with a great smile. Carlos is a great friend and photographer, and we can help him […]

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