backlight

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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masterslave

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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2-point-lighting

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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