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Shooting in the full midday sun can present creative challenges to any photographer.  The high position and brightness of the sun projects an even downward cast, leaving an exposure void of the depth and dynamic range we’re accustomed to in the long shadows of the morning and evening (golden) hours. While it may not always […]

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I have been exploring backlight lately. Any light coming from behind the subject can be considered backlight. Backlight that is two or more f/stops brighter than the exposure on the camera will record the subject as a silhouette. I decided to do a shoot in the studio featuring this dreamy light. I set up a […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. In photography, multiple-light setups can offer a wide variety of creative options. One of the keys to this setup is the master-slave relationship, where one light is paired with another, or […]

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You’ve probably noticed that Damien Lovegrove has been demonstrating lighting and posing techniques here on Photofocus. I’ve enjoyed these posts immensely, and have been floored by his concise and clear instructions accompanied by stunning images. I’ve been fortunate to also watch his tutorial called Hollywood Portraits Remastered, and I highly recommend it to you. Lovegrove […]

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I made this portrait at Pacific City on the Oregon coast the other day. It’s a wonderful place to shoot, and the cliffs at the northern edge helped me control the direction of light on this little family. Almost everybody looks better with light coming across the face from the side, so that one side […]

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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 […]

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I was recently invited to review an app from Juggleware called Sol: Sun Clock (iOS only). Claiming to be “the Swiss Army Knife of sunlight tools” and useful to “plan the perfect photograph,” I was happy to get to get some time to try it out. There’s a few things this app does well, and […]

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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 […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the impact of […]

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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 […]

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 A little while ago I showed you how I used a translucent diffuser to create soft light with a speedlight and hot red hairdo in a hot red jeep. When you shine a little through a translucent material, it’s spreads out that light and makes it bigger, and a bigger light is a softer light. […]

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Guest Post & Photos by Abba Shapiro — Follow Abba on Twitter I find when photographing people – controlling light is the key. I often see photographers diligently re-positioning their strobes to control the light – but rarely controlling the dark.  Negative fill can make or break an image.  Light is a pesky fellow – it can bounce […]

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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 […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich is joined by special guest Syl Arena to discuss a range […]

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(Imagine Jeremy Clarkson’s voice reading these first few paragraphs.) It’s not from Chimera, Alien Bees or Broncolor. It doesn’t come with any soft boxes or stands. In fact, it’s not sold in any camera store – not even at B&H or Adorama. That’s because… It’s a truck. To be more precise, it’s a 2012 Ford […]

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Guest Post & Photo by Stephan Bollinger – Circle Stephan on Google+ We all have seen those magical photographs with “god rays”, the late afternoon image with clouds and streaks of sunlight painting the sky, or images of churches and large buildings with light beaming through the glass windows. The combination that allows to capture such images is […]

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Guest Post & Photo by Stephan Bollinger – Circle Stephan on Google+ Lately, I see more and more “flat” images, and I constantly hear the terms “fill in the shadows”, and “maintaining shadow detail”. Many new photographers try their hardest to light everything evenly, and eliminate the very essence which creates emotions: Shadows. Late at night, the silhouette […]

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Above: This cropped section of a larger photo was lit almost entirely by large windows located to the right of the cat. After cropping, catchlights from the windows can clearly be seen in the cat’s eyes. Post by Andrew Darlow – Follow Andrew on Twitter For centuries, window light has been used by artists as […]

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If you want to make great images you need great light. And great light is always available if you know what you are doing and you have access to some gear. Here are seven lighting tips that may benefit photographers: 1. You can make great images with one light source. Just make sure the light […]

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Use the Keep It Simple Approach to Studio Lighting Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter Studio lighting set-ups don’t get much simpler or easier than this – as illustrated in the picture on the left: a constant-light main light (right), a reflector (left) and a collapsible background. The hair […]

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Photo and Post by Rick Sammon Follow Rick on Twitter Here is a quick tip from my forthcoming book (due out this fall and co-authored with NYC studio photographer Vered Koshlano), Studio Lighting Secrets. Sure, you can spend thousands of dollars on studio light gear that will help you get great shots. But for about […]

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