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Life on set can be crazy . . . You’re thinking about the set design, lights, backgrounds, camera settings, models, hair and makeup, pleasing your clients, the art director breathing down your neck, etc. Every time I finish a shoot, I reflect back to find things that might have made the day go a little […]

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Atlanta musician, Jeff Paige came to me with his challenge of rebranding his look for his online presence as well as for upcoming releases of his work. The process always begins with planning. I met with his team to discuss his look, style, accessories, wardrobe and a lot of other details including props, colors and […]

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Today was rainy, and then it was rainy and windy, but what else can I expect in the winter in the Pacific Northwest? Trouble is, I still have to make a living even when it’s raining. Fortunately, I had a willing client and two tools that helped me make the most of the situation. Twist […]

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MAINLIGHT

The main light is the source of illumination for a picture. It’s the one that’s measured for exposure with an incident meter. Using one is explained in the Photofocus post Exposure Tactics: Incident Metering. It sets the mood for the photograph. It’s the one that all the other lights serve. It also provides the main […]

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White Balance is all about the color of light, and the best reason to shoot RAW is the freedom to adjust the white balance with great power in post production. But what’s up with Lightroom’s White Balance Slider? Why is it backwards? Keep Cool, Like 2000 Kelvin If you’ve shot in RAW, you’ll notice the top white […]

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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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Smokin Photos

It was a dark and foggy night. The moon was a fuzzy ball hanging low in the sky…The foggy part of the sentence sets the mood. The sky is a hazy mist. Would it be nice to have fog on demand? Think smoke anytime–anywhere. Oh, I know about the classic fog maker, dry ice and […]

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