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We’ve got a Perfectly Clear Photowalk in Washington, D.C. and I couldn’t be happier to have my co-author, Lisa Robinson joining me to help us make some terrific evening portraits. We’ll use speedlights and modifiers to make the most of the darkening light and the glow on the monuments. This is a hands-on shooting time when you […]

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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss this week’s free event on when to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop.   For some reason, people laugh at me when I make a picture with them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining: laughing makes a wonderful expression. My subjects crack a big smile, and usually also bend in half with the […]

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I’m a Lightroom guy. I like to use Lightroom because it’s simple and helps my photographs look the way I imagined when I clicked the shutter. However, sometimes I just need the powers of Photoshop to make the best picture possible for my clients, and the number one way I use it is to swap […]

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Today was rainy, and then it was rainy and windy, but what else can I expect in the winter in the Pacific Northwest? Trouble is, I still have to make a living even when it’s raining. Fortunately, I had a willing client and two tools that helped me make the most of the situation. Twist […]

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Panasonic GH4, Leica Nocticron, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 100.

The most powerful flash setting you have is the one that controls when your flash fires. This setting works for your pop-up flash, for a speedlight on your camera, and for any off-camera light you’re controlling. It’s called Rear Sync, or 2nd Curtain. What you need: Camera–point and shoots may not be capable and your […]

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When first handed the Light Blaster, I was a little dubious.  It seemed a bit like a kitschy toy not suited for a professional kit.  But, like most things, its usefulness is largely dependent on the person using it and the goals they have in mind.  Once I got my head around the idea, the […]

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Light is light. That’s the simple statement. But you can buy lights that cost $200 each or $20,000 each. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is true, but not 100% true. Take the Flashpoint DG600 moonlight. This thing is amazing and at under $200 is probably the best buy in studio lighting […]

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