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Shooting in the full midday sun can present creative challenges to any photographer.  The high position and brightness of the sun projects an even downward cast, leaving an exposure void of the depth and dynamic range we’re accustomed to in the long shadows of the morning and evening (golden) hours. While it may not always […]

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Her life was altered from a horrifying and near life-taking motorcycle accident.  As she lay bed ridden, she craved travel and the outside world but because of her condition was unable to see these places she dreamed about.  She depended on her creativity to take her mind to these epic locations and recreated them with […]

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IncidentMetering

My last post showed why it’s difficult to get the exposure right with the reflective meters in our cameras. They measure the light without being able to differentiate whether a subject is bright, dark or in-between. This one is how to get accurate exposures every time. The trick is to measure light before it hits […]

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Exposure can be really confusing. It’s particularly so with modern digital cameras. Why? The type of light meters built into cameras is a big reason. Those meters are reflective meters. They measure the amount of light bouncing off of a subject. A reflective meter’s exposure makes what ever it sees 12.5% gray. Always. Here’s an […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/4, 1/320s, ISO 640. You need shadows to make your portraits look their best. Without shadows we can’t see the form of your subject. However, shadows with hard edges are not flattering for everyone because they reveal a little too much form–pimples and wrinkles may appear to be […]

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backlight

I have been exploring backlight lately. Any light coming from behind the subject can be considered backlight. Backlight that is two or more f/stops brighter than the exposure on the camera will record the subject as a silhouette. I decided to do a shoot in the studio featuring this dreamy light. I set up a […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. In photography, multiple-light setups can offer a wide variety of creative options. One of the keys to this setup is the master-slave relationship, where one light is paired with another, or […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. While often deemed a creative endeavor, photography can involve some math. In this tutorial, learn how light meters, which indicate precisely how much light is hitting a subject, can be used […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. Wireless triggers can come in handy during a photoshoot and free up the photographer to focus on creative direction. In this tutorial, Abba Shapiro and Rich Harrington explain how to trigger […]

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Read part 1 of this 2 part feature article here.  Intro: As stated in the first part, I’m in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many other systems to use when making photographs other than the ones I’ve highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce […]

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3light

This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. This tutorial walks through a sample three-light photo shoot for a sports portrait, showing how to angle and position lights to create hard shadows and provide a sense […]

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Intro: I’m in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many other systems to use when making photographs other than the ones I’ve highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce prints with a high image quality and the process that I use works for me. […]

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This week’s show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light.  Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon.

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue - lilsamedia.com/blog Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/ThomasShue Today I am offering you some tips about back lighting.  Simply put, when light is coming from behind a subject, it’s said to be back lit. But before I tell you why back lighting is go great, I feel I should talk a little […]

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This week’s show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  We catch up with noted portrait photographer Brian Smith about his work to capture unique images of some of the most photographed subjects in the world.  Then we speak with Bryan O’Neil Hughes to learn about the next generation of digital imaging tools and workflows from Adobe.

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The picture above is of my daughter Francesca and was taken with in camera softening and a simple studio lighting set up. The diffusion is created using a thin silk chiffon gauze stretched over a skylight filter. I like to get the look right in camera to save post production time later. Here are some […]

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Lovegrove-flash-sunlight

In the shot above I used a single 400Ws flash pack and head. I fitted a 28cm high efficiency reflector and lit my model from a distance of five metres. The pack was an Elinchrom Quadra and it was flat out on full power. Full length pictures require more flash power than close ups because […]

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A lighting tool for unique applications – (different versions work with different brands/models of flash – this test was on a Canon flash) Guest Post by Doug Daulton - Follow Doug on Twitter When first handed the Light Blaster, I was a little dubious.  It seemed a bit like a kitschy toy not suited for a […]

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Just for fun… In my last post I showed my Hollywood portrait lighting style using just hard light from fresnel spotlights. The post before that featured two point lighting on the street using Speedlights. Now I’ve combined two point lighting with fresnel spotlights and styled the shoot with a Film Noir theme. Film Noir calls […]

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Lovegrove-Hollywood

The picture above shows the classic Hollywood look that is created when the nose shadow touches the cheek shadow to enclose a triangle of light on the unlit side of the face. The pictures in this post are the result of my summer 2013 project. I started my quest to revitalise the classic Hollywood look […]

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There are lots of photo deals this week… and we’ve got a great one for you.  Our iBooks are on sale for just 99¢ in the United States.  We’ve asked iTunes to price equivalently around the globe.   The sale runs until Sunday, October 27. The books contain text, photos, video, audio, and interactive content. […]

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