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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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Why should you use vintage lenses today?

We’ve talked about using vintage lenses on digital cameras a number of times. You might also have heard some of your fellow photographers try it out a few times. But if you’re yet to try it yourself, you may still

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Christina Shirley: General photography enthusiast

This week we’re getting to know community member, Christina Shirley. Christina enjoys being able to capture whatever it is that catches her eye. Haven’t joined the Photofocus Community yet? Sign up for free today! How did you get started in

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Out-of-the-box ideas for senior photos

With senior photos starting to fill out shooting calendars, how do you capture something unique for your clients? Here’s some simple ideas to add variety to their gallery . These ideas work well as ice-breakers and to help a shy

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How to photograph silky smooth waterfalls

When I first picked up a digital SLR back in 2014, all I wanted to learn was how to photograph waterfalls. You know the ones, where the water is all smooth and milky. Soft, beautiful slightly dark and gorgeous details.

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Discovering tours in your local area

Need a change of scenery? Can’t get away or afford to go on some amazing vacation? Have you ever taken any of the tours in your local area? A few years ago I went downtown Chicago (an hour from me)

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Tips for scanning and editing film negatives

Are you a film photographer thinking of getting into home developing? It’s only one part of the equation. You’ll also need to do the scanning and editing of your film negatives yourself. It can be challenging and even overwhelming even

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