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How to create your own smart studio lighting
Lume Cube 2.0 is a brilliant addition to your photo or video gear bag
Five lighting tips in 90 seconds for photography and video
Lighting Green Screen Video/Photography
Reflected Beauty
Getting Taped Up
Cucoloris for Shadowed Texture
C-Stands 101
No Sippy Cups here, just Baby Plates
Scrim for Lighting Detail
C-47: The most useful tool you have in your laundry room.
Lighting with China Balls

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Lighting Green Screen Video/Photography

This is our first post in a multipart series on greenscreen video and photography.  Check out Adobe Stock if you need backgrounds or other greenscreen elements. The popularity of green screen (or chromakey) technology has grown immensely, bringing the technology

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Reflected Beauty

When shooting a portrait or head shot outdoors or inside a studio, I always use a reflector or bounce card to add some sparkle to the subject. This is Emily, I first shot her without any reflected light indoors in

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Getting Taped Up

Here’s a great tip I got from watching some grips quickly change gels on some frames. In the past, when you removed an old gel or diffusion material you always had the mess of the sticky material. Either the 2-sided

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Cucoloris for Shadowed Texture

So often someone will take the time to light the talent to look great but forget to light the background and give the image some depth: One method is to use a Cucoloris. Some will refer to it a s

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C-Stands 101

One of the most used tools on a Hollywood set, oh heck on any set, is the C-Stand. C in Roman numerals representing the numeral 100 is how the C-Stand got its name, 100’s of uses. When closed it’s 53″

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No Sippy Cups here, just Baby Plates

Some of the most used tools on a Hollywood set are C-Stands and Apple Boxes. Then there are these little babies, Baby Plates. What is a Baby Plate you ask? It’s a 5/8 stud, about 3″ tall, welded onto a

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Scrim for Lighting Detail

Its a beautiful sunny day, you’re shooting indoors looking out to a sliding glass door or window and its brighter outside than on your set. Your talent is moving so HDR is not an option. You really don’t want a

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Lighting with China Balls

Here is a great economical way to soften your light. They’re China Balls: These were used on the set of Grey’s Anatomy. You can buy these light diffusers from World Market or Pier 1 Imports. Here’s a link to Filmtools.

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Hot Hair Lights

I’m a huge advocate of creating depth in a photograph. One of the ways is to use a back light or at times referred to as a hair light when shooting talent. Some of the challenges I might have are

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Camouflaging Shadows

“Your greatest curse could be your greatest blessing” Shadows, at times they are such a curse, but with a bit of creative manipulating they can be a wonderful blessing. When working on a Hollywood set there are times I’ll will

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Susan Liepa, passionate hobby photographer

This week we’re getting to know community member, Susan Liepa. Susan is from Orange County, California and enjoys many aspects of photography as you can see in her images. Haven’t joined the Photofocus Community yet? Sign up for free today!

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Creating a dramatic black and white landscape

There are several ways you can use post-processing techniques to create dramatic black and white landscapes. Here’s what I did. Here is the original image, which isn’t a bad image to use to create a dramatic black and white landscape.

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Should you switch from a DSLR to mirrorless?

If you have been considering the switch from DSLR to mirrorless then listen up. Heck, watch this video. You see, it’s a myth that switching to mirrorless with save you enough weight to make a huge difference. Unless, of course, you

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Stop squeezing yourself into a box

As photographers, we often want to squeeze ourselves into a box. We want to know how to define ourselves so our clients understand what we do better. While this might be a good idea in some instances, for the most

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