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Avoiding the harsh, direct flash look
Easy high key lighting with two lights
The recipe for balancing natural light with flash
To meter or not to meter — is that a question?
Creation of The Master’s Chair
Sony users: Is your Profoto not firing on-camera?
Photographing smoke
Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure
Lighting Old Glory
How I got the shot: Raspberry iced tea
Should you get a strobe or speedlight?
Light painting 101: Behind-the-scenes while illuminating an abandoned bus

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Creation of The Master’s Chair

I thought I might share something a little different with you today. I was recently asked over on Photofocus Community to share more before and after images, so I thought I would create a video of my full edit (sped

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How to photograph smoke

Photographing smoke

There are times when a photographer needs some smoke. Want to make a candle look like it’s just gone out? Smoke. How about a steaming cup of coffee? Smoke. Make the cigarette or cigar look realistic? Smoke. Add some magic

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Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure with Kevin Ames

Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure

This Exposure Tactics post explains what a “technically proper” exposure is and how to get there. Remember I said technically proper, not creatively right. The three photos above are with different exposures. Each one brings out a different feeling or

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Lighting Old Glory

I made this photograph back in November on the Saturday the presidential election results were announced. It was a long day of walking around Boston covering marches, celebrations and protests. It was getting late in the afternoon and I knew

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How I got the shot: Raspberry iced tea

While you might all be feeling a little chilly in the Northern Hemisphere, down here in Australia we are sweltering in the Summer heat. Nothing quite beats an iced tea on a balmy summer evening. So I set about creating

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Should you get a strobe or speedlight?

This was a recent dilemma I faced. I currently have older Bowens strobes in the studio and while there is nothing actually wrong with them, the recycle time was too slow and I had found they were continually misfiring with

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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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Avoiding the harsh, direct flash look

One of the biggest reasons why I don’t like pop-up flashes is that it gives uneven, harsh lighting directed at your subject. Even with an on-camera speedlight, the same effect can happen. And while you can play around with the

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Easy high key lighting with two lights

Creating high key light is making sure there is enough light on your background so it is pure white, with no shadows. This can be done using strobes or LEDs or a mixture of both types of light. There are several

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