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When I first started out with photography, natural light was my best friend. I didn’t have money for lights, so I learned to shoot using what was available to me. Shoot after shoot, I’d tuck a little money away into a gear fund to save up for lights.  Natural light can get you pretty far, but […]

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Editor’s Note: Please welcome new Photofocus contributor Erika Thornes.  She is a San Diego based photographer who loves to make lasting memories for families.  Please leave her comment below this article…  we’re glad to have her on board. Underwater portraiture is a beautiful medium with many factors to consider that can’t be addressed within a single post, so […]

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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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