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Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome Joe McNally to Photofocus.  While Joe’s a busy guy, he’ll be making some posts here from time to time.  Please give a warm welcome to Joe and encourage him by leaving feedback on the article and sharing it with your friends. It Started with a Shimmer… Actually, a shimmer […]

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Recently, a post of mine shared the planning process and the initial set build for a portrait session for Atlanta musician Jeff Paige. This one deep dives into the rest of the details. Lighting Without question every photograph is all about the light. The tools available allow us to sculpt exactly the look and feel […]

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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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Moire no more

Moiré is the name for swirling, oddly colorful artifacts  Moiré is usually seen in a tightly woven fabric, plaid textures or a tweed style jacket. Moiré doesn’t pop up very often. When it does, it’s pretty much a full on disaster for the photograph. The screenshot below shows moiré in all of its colorful, turbulent, image ruining […]

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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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Panasonic GH4, Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, f/1.2, 1/2000s, ISO 200. Copyright Levi Sim.

We’ve frequently talked about using polarizing filters to make more striking landscape photographs, but they are at least as important for making more vibrant portraits, and cutting your retouching time in half. Let me show you how it works, as well as some general tips. What Does a Polarizer Do? Polarizers reduce the visible affect […]

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The simplest thing you can do to make your photography better is to work with other photographers, and working with Mason Johnson has certainly opened my eyes to ideas that continue to tickle my brain and stir my creativity. Mason is a filmmaker and producer and head of Klepticenter Productions based in Utah. I’ve worked with Mason […]

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