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Editor’s Note: We’re please to feature this guest post from one of the most talented guys on the planet — Joe McNally. Joe is a speaking in Las Vegas the first week of September. His great blog was also named to Resource Magazine’s must read list. The beauty dish is a fave of fashion photogs everywhere. I […]

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A portrait is about capturing the subject’s personality. Senior portraits take it a step further, capturing a specific moment in a teen’s life. If you are not familiar with the teen, ask them questions. I know Courtney and I know she’s a free spirit. She loves playing guitar. As she was relaxing playing a song, […]

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Photography is rich with light modifiers. Umbrellas, soft boxes, reflectors, v-flats, diffusion panels and so on. Two of them though, the ring flash and the beauty dish are somewhat mysterious-certainly true for the ring flash more than the beauty dish. I am doing a live demo session at Photoshop World in Las Vegas that shows […]

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This week’s podcast is a whopper…  packed with information and inspiration.  We have the world’s most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news.  Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony.  Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames. Get the show […]

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For the past nine weeks I have been taking a ceramics class here in Portland, and on the last day I brought in my camera to photograph some of the other students’ work. I didn’t want to go too elaborate with the setup, so I opted to make use of the beautiful diffused window-light coming into […]

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  Holly Parker’s infectious laugh and glowing smile made her an instant success as a model, but those same qualities have helped her escalate her career on the other side of the lens. She is not the first nor the last model to turn photographer, and that’s due to the valuable experience of knowing what […]

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This week’s podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is well-known portrait photographer Brian Smith who walks us through his workflow of posing subjects and working with mirror-less cameras. Then find out about long exposure, night sky and timelapse photography. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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  If you are seeking dreamy, fantasy images that take you to places you thought you would only see in your dreams, Amanda Diaz is the photographer for you.  But Amanda isn’t just a great fantasy photographer; she’s also great when it comes to fashion. “[My work] goes from straight to the point fashion to creative […]

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  Nikki Harrison’s photographs are overflowing with dramatic, emotional light. Her style takes portraiture to an elegant, even ethereal level. It’s hard to pin exactly what you are feeling or why you are feeling it when you look at her photos. All you know for certain is that they are beautiful. “I was always an artist, […]

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  Eric Paré saw a medium and turned it on its head: light painting. Paré’s portraiture is made truly original through the inventive use of light painting and bullet time. His still images have a truly unique look to them, making them a cut above much of the work seen today. “I try to reproduce studio-quality […]

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On a recent photo shoot, we were tasked to make this gentle giant look fierce and menacing. Wardrobe got us about 40 percent there, a harsh beauty dish moved us closer and his attitude took us over the top. The key to this style of image is to ensure the light has a purpose; in […]

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My last post covered the law of light that says the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflectance. In other more understandable words it means that light bounces off of a subject at the same angle as the light falling on it. Another use for this rule is photographing something in a mirror. Here’s […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get […]

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  Some projects speak louder to us as photographers than others. They may not be our first or our last, but at a certain point in our lives, they define us. For photographer John Ganun, that defining set of images is his “Scenario” series.”I started Scenario six years ago, not long after I taught myself […]

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Sometimes I get a big idea.  This one was all about creating a series across several athletes and sports. I wanted to photograph different sports using the same lighting and apply the same Lightroom presets. No, I wasn’t being lazy. I wanted to compose the images together and they would all have the same look and […]

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The angle of incidence equals the angle of reflectance is a law of light.  It’s also photo-speak that (allegedly) explains how to evenly light a background, a copy stand or photograph a mirror. Unfortunately it means very little unless there’s an understanding of what the two types of light meters–incident and reflective–do to measure light. If […]

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Where can you find a realistic knights outfit that won’t drain your budget? If you live in a big city such as LA or Chicago you can visit a prop store. Unfortunately for me, in quiet Melbourne Florida special stores like these don’t exist. I searched the net and didn’t find what I was looking […]

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The previous Exposure Tactics post, explored understanding the difference between how Lightroom, Photoshop, and light meters measure exposure.  Now we continue to look at working with the files in postproduction. Exposure Tweaks in Lightroom & Camera Raw Calibrated computer monitors are great for displaying color and brightness. Unfortunately, the human visual system just can’t tell if […]

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  Can you trace the place in your history where there was a sudden flash of knowledge that told you that you were going to be a photographer? What spurred it? For Scott Milam, it was feeling something in himself that he wished to share with others. “While in college, a buddy of mine (who was […]

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Michael Woloszynowicz, like many of the other talented photographers out there, started with humble beginnings, honing his craft and developing a personal style. Portraiture started out with basic tools like speedlights and small softboxes, photographing family, friends and anyone else I could find. I became fascinated with light and how to shape it and play with […]

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As the demand for video increases in a photographer’s workflow, so does the need for additional continuous lighting.  The advent of LED lighting has seen the arrival of many lightweight and versatile products, such as the Yongnuo YN-160S Pro LED Video Light.  The YN-160S features 160 LED lamps with 16 levels of adjustment, 5500K color […]

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