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Why time of day matters for portrait photography

(Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome this guest post from Darlene Hildebrandt. Darlene is a long time pro, now educator, who teaches aspiring amateur and hobby photographers how to improve

Portrait Tips: Using window light

Using the light from a window is a terrific way to illuminate your subject. It can be the biggest and softest light off all — and it’s free. One of

Making a small light source big

A small light source has a tendency of producing hard light causing unflattering shadows and pin size catchlights in the subject’s eyes. Sometimes this can’t be avoided — photographing in

Portrait Tips: One light for life

I was thinking the other day about what one lighting tool would I choose if I were stranded on a desert island for the rest of my life with a

Split lighting for a dramatic portrait

Split light isn’t one of the most flattering light patterns but it is one of the most dramatic ones. Here’s how to use just one light, placed in the right

Portrait Tips: A chance with Patch

The other day a fellow contacted me about a picture I made nearly ten years ago. He was an assistant to the master woodcarver and I spent a few minutes

Flash sale on v-flats through June 1, 2019 from V-Flat World

Flash sale! Save on v-flats

V-Flat World has a flash sale running through Saturday, June 1, 2019. Save $20.00 on single v-flats or $25.00 on a two pack. Free shipping in the U.S. Use these

Portrait Tips: Waterfalls and speedlights

What’s not to love about making portraits in front of waterfalls? Beautiful place, beautiful people, water spraying your camera, nothing going the way you had in mind — it’s a

A look at lighting for still life photography

(Editor’s note: This guest article is by Julie Powell who lives in Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia. She is an award-winning still life photographer who loves to share her passion for this genre

Lighting a portrait with a speedlight

Speedlights are a great lighting solution for portability. Much less power than studio strobes and no modeling lamp to see where the light is falling on your subject can make

Enter to win a new camera, studio lighting kit and more!

It’s our birthday, and we want to celebrate with you! Check out our 21st birthday contest and enter to win a new camera, Drobo 8D, X-Rite calibration tools, XPozer prints, Skylum software and more!

Plus, by entering you’re automatically eligible to win one of our monthly prizes. This month we’re giving away a studio lighting kit from B&H!