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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
This is how I light some of my street portraits using the two point lighting technique that I learned way back in the 1980s while I was training at the BBC. The two point light principle is simplicity itself with the subject being lit from two opposing directions with the light sources are 180 degrees […]
28mm, f/8, 1/20, 1/80, 1/320s, ISO 800. Do you ever get a craving to go make a picture? An urge that just won’t go away? That kind of urge is distracting, and may be hazardous to your health; you should probably take a sick day to get it taken care of. I’ll sign a note […]
This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.
First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.
I just started writing a new book this week, all about the Canon 70D, which will be my third camera-specific book I’ve written so far. One of the requirements for this series is to have a product photo of the camera, which I always photograph myself, and in the past I would turn to studio […]
This is a guest post from Terry White. Terry is a great photographer and an Adobe wizard. He’s also got a great workshop called ”Master The Shoot.” The next one is this Saturday in Cincinnati. __________________________________________ I use both standard studio strobes AND continuous lighting. I pick and choose between the two depending on what I’m lighting […]
Watch Scott show you how to shoot a portrait using a mirror, an ice light, and a 150mm focal length lens. This is a cool technique and Scott breaks down the whole shot from start to finish. This lesson comes from our new class on Micro Four-Thirds photography. You can check out the whole class here and […]
I was recently shooting in a museum that had a no tripod rule. It also seemed to have little budget for lights either as the display cases were pretty dark with a lot of harsh reflections. One of the exhibits had some old cameras and gear. I had a nostalgic moment when I saw one […]
Portrait photographers like David Ziser and Clay Blackmore taught me very early in my career that great portraits are almost always short lit, and that made me happy. Knowing that a simple technique could give me a leg up in making great portraits was music to my ears. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand what that […]
I wanted to make a photograph of a car that looked like it had been shot in one of those fancy studios with the enormous soft boxes, but I had to do it on the grass at the fair grounds. This video shows how I made it happen using layer masks in Photoshop. Relighting a […]
Rather than having the latest aluminum cased device adorning their landing page, one year ago apple.com consisted solely of the image below; and it remained that way for an entire month. Of course, it was in tribute to Apple’s founder who had just passed away. Purportedly, this photograph, made by Albert Watson, was Jobs’s favorite […]