A photographer recently wrote to me at Photofocus to complain that I mentioned a studio light I used when making my macro shots. He proudly proclaimed – “I only shoot with natural light. That’s how REAL photographers work.” Sigh. Well if it makes you feel better to say that then by all means say it. […]

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If you talk with experienced photographers you’ll hear the subject of light come up often. That’s because light is everything in photography. A mistake many beginners make is not understanding the part that light plays in a good or bad photograph. You need to pay attention to the intensity, angle and color of light. In […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post by Joe Farace Photo by Mary Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter One of the most time-honored, cheap, and easy to make light modifiers is to attach a 4×6 index card […]

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Listen. Do you want to know a secret? If you want to make better photographs bring a reflector. This is just one of the messages of master wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis. I listened to Jerry give a talk last night at Skip’s Summer School in Vegas, and while his program was packed full of valuable […]

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Light is everything. Light is the fuel that makes a photograph go. So the more we explore, study and know about light, the better image-makers we will be. Today I want to talk about light’s impact on color. Here’s an experiment I’d like you to do. Go buy an inexpensive piece of poster board. Try […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter In a recent podcast (#71) a Photofocus reader asked about “finding the light.” My glib response was that you just look but I think he deserved a more detailed answer and here it is: Light has three major qualities: quality, quantity, and direction. As […]

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Guest post by Rod Evans – Friend Rod on Facebook Every great portrait begins with great light. It is the first thing to think about when creating images. What type of light will create the mood or scene you are looking for? Background, clothing, posing – everything else is secondary to the right lighting for […]

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