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Light painting: Creating depth through illumination
Light painting is a term that is often used loosely to describe any addition of light to a night photograph....
Working with harsh sunlight
Sometimes, we don't have a choice but to photograph in unappealing light. In the video above from The Slanted Lens, Jay...
Great lighting concepts for Halloween themed portraits
I adore getting my "spook" on for Halloween. Sadly this year, I had planned several really cool themes that may...
Four steps to balance strobes and sunlight
One of the best investments you can make as a photographer is figuring out how to control the light outdoors....
How to add bottom catchlights
A catchlight is a specular highlight in your subject’s eyes. This spark will help you to draw your viewer’s attention...
Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun
Light and color are the only things your camera records, so those things should be a the top of your...
Equipment that will take your photos from zero to hero for less than $400
When I’d been shooting for about eight years, I reached a plateau in my skills and equipment. I upgraded my...
Portrait Tips: Shuffle the subject
Yesterday I made 2665 portraits. I didn't have that many subjects, but that's how many pictures I took of several...
How to create your own smart studio lighting
While my office is also my studio, just like so many other photographers, I am in a unique situation. My...
My go-to lights fit in the palm of my hand. Don’t yours?
If I told you that my two must-have lights fit into the palm of my hand, would you believe me?...
How bright is that light? Your guide to lux, footcandles and exposure
The output of LED lights is rated in lux, lumens or footcandles. What the heck do all of these terms...
Portrait Tips: What was I wearing???
How do you know someone is a photographer? They only wear black clothing, of course. The stereotypical garb of photographers...

Working with harsh sunlight

Sometimes, we don’t have a choice but to photograph in unappealing light. In the video above from The Slanted Lens, Jay P. Morgan walks us through how to conquer harsh sunlight when photographing a portrait. He shows us how to use

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Four steps to balance strobes and sunlight

One of the best investments you can make as a photographer is figuring out how to control the light outdoors. Using strobes let you control the light that hits your subject, making for a much more appealing photograph than just

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How to add bottom catchlights

A catchlight is a specular highlight in your subject’s eyes. This spark will help you to draw your viewer’s attention to your subject’s eyes, making them full of life. A top catchlight is caused by the main light source or

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Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun

Light and color are the only things your camera records, so those things should be a the top of your mind for every photo you make. Last week I was making headshots and the background had to be the building

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Portrait Tips: Shuffle the subject

Yesterday I made 2665 portraits. I didn’t have that many subjects, but that’s how many pictures I took of several people, which is a ton. I’m not bragging about how many I made — I’m just trying to wrap my

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Smart Studio Lighting

How to create your own smart studio lighting

While my office is also my studio, just like so many other photographers, I am in a unique situation. My office/studio lights have to be adjusted for various scenarios: Working at my desk Recording a video for my YouTube channel

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Portrait Tips: What was I wearing???

How do you know someone is a photographer? They only wear black clothing, of course. The stereotypical garb of photographers is a stereotype for a reason, and we’ll get to that. Fortunately, black isn’t the right color for everyone and

Read More

Four steps to balance strobes and sunlight

One of the best investments you can make as a photographer is figuring out how to control the light outdoors. Using strobes let you control the light that hits your subject, making for a much more appealing photograph than just

Read More

How to add bottom catchlights

A catchlight is a specular highlight in your subject’s eyes. This spark will help you to draw your viewer’s attention to your subject’s eyes, making them full of life. A top catchlight is caused by the main light source or

Read More

Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun

Light and color are the only things your camera records, so those things should be a the top of your mind for every photo you make. Last week I was making headshots and the background had to be the building

Read More

Portrait Tips: Shuffle the subject

Yesterday I made 2665 portraits. I didn’t have that many subjects, but that’s how many pictures I took of several people, which is a ton. I’m not bragging about how many I made — I’m just trying to wrap my

Read More
Smart Studio Lighting

How to create your own smart studio lighting

While my office is also my studio, just like so many other photographers, I am in a unique situation. My office/studio lights have to be adjusted for various scenarios: Working at my desk Recording a video for my YouTube channel

Read More

Portrait Tips: What was I wearing???

How do you know someone is a photographer? They only wear black clothing, of course. The stereotypical garb of photographers is a stereotype for a reason, and we’ll get to that. Fortunately, black isn’t the right color for everyone and

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Taking a look at macro ring lights

I recently wrote a post on using extension tubes and mentioned how macro ring lights can be very helpful. So in this follow-up, I take a closer look at macro ring lights and the benefits of them. Getting in really

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