Guest post and photos by Robert O’Toole - Follow Robert on Twitter Complete setup as pictured above: Canon 5D MK II, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro lens, SunpakPF20XD flash, dual flash bracket made into a single flash bracket and Studio hut PT-04 Radio flash trigger. After I developed my lightweight hand holdable reasonably priced macro […]

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Guest Post and Photos by Matthew Jordan Smith - Follow Matthew on Twitter Recently I was asked how I decide which light source to use for photo shoots and which light modifiers are best in certain situations. The determining factors in making my decision on each shoot varies but I will attempt to describe a few […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter There’s much confusion about studio lighting. Some photographers think it’s too complicated and expensive, but in reality it can be neither. Part of this misunderstanding is caused by bewildering array of product types and their accompanying buzzwords. Here’s a quick break down: A monolight […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The key part of determining any flash exposure is the lens’ aperture, but shutter speed plays an important role too. The duration of the flash output from electronic flash units is quite short— 1/1000th of a second or even faster is not uncommon. The […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace ­ Follow Joe on Twitter Light, as a wise photographer once told me, is light. The most important characteristics of any lighting system are the quality and the quantity of the output. The kind of hardware used will have an impact on both aspects and in general you’ll find […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter When making pictures of people during the day turning your built-in flash on is one of the simplest ways to improve your photographs. Instead of getting underexposed pictures or silhouettes, your friends will pop out of the background and so will the colors. So […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Back in the day, when shooting film a Flashmeter and (expensive) Polaroid tests were indispensible in getting correct exposures but in a digital world filled with histograms and three-inch histograms the short answer is not always. While I usually use a flash meter or […]

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