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Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun
First look at the Kobra Flash Modifier
Portrait Tips: Color contrast makes all the difference
Portrait Tips: Don’t fight the light
Portrait Tips: A chance with Patch
Creating Effect and Mood with Light
Photographic Test Kitchen: 3 Light Setup
A Better Way to Fly
Looking For Light from MPB.com
Want Natural-Looking Light? Use Gels.
How to Use On-Camera Flash for Events
Modifying Speedlights & Magmod

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Portrait Tips: Don’t fight the light

If you give a boy a hammer, everything looks like a nail and he will pound it. If you give a photographer a flash, everything looks like it needs to be lit. That means that you’re doing the right job

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Patch

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 making pictures with them. The event was Baby Animal Days

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Rick Freidman

Creating Effect and Mood with Light

When shooting a photograph, I often feel that I am creating a single frame from a movie. The star of the movie is the subject. With the use of backdrops, light, a ladder and a Venetian Blind I have created

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Photographic Test Kitchen: 3 Light Setup

Work made with 3 speed lights Here’s the equipment used to create this photograph: Nikon D810 Nikon 105mm Macro lens 3 Nissin Di700A speedlights Nissan Carbon Fiber Light Stand Nissan Air 1 transmitter Rogue XL2 Flashbender Rogue large Flashbender Rogue

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Carin, Keiko and Rick at the airport with lots of baggage.

A Better Way to Fly

Why it can be less expensive to fly First Class I recently returned back home to Boston from a three-week trip to the Bahamas and Florida. It was great to get out of the Boston winter! I was teaching workshops

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Looking For Light from MPB.com

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from our friends at MPB.com. MPB is a great place to sell gear that’s no longer in use as well as where to buy quality used photo and video equipment at much lower

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Want Natural-Looking Light? Use Gels.

You need great light to direct attention to your subjects and help your photos appear natural. If you want to make great light with flashes, you need gels. Gels simply color your flash’s light which allows you to match the

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Levi_Sim-1

How to Use On-Camera Flash for Events

Using an on-camera flash at an indoor event is probably the simplest way to make pictures of small groups look their best. At weddings, parties, and fundraisers, friends and families are together for a short time and they are surprisingly

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Modifying Speedlights & Magmod

Making great light is essential to making great portraits. And I mean that: you’ve got to make great light. You can find a good source of available light, but I’ve rarely seen any available light that couldn’t be made better,

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KAbanner

Dusk, Spotlight, Fog & Music

Recently, a post of mine shared the planning process and the initial set build for a portrait session for Atlanta musician Jeff Paige. This one deep dives into the rest of the details. Lighting Without question every photograph is all

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Jeff red and plain lit hair copy

Planning a Musician’s Photoshoot

Atlanta musician, Jeff Paige came to me with his challenge of rebranding his look for his online presence as well as for upcoming releases of his work. The process always begins with planning. I met with his team to discuss

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Rick Freidman

Creating Effect and Mood with Light

When shooting a photograph, I often feel that I am creating a single frame from a movie. The star of the movie is the subject. With the use of backdrops, light, a ladder and a Venetian Blind I have created

Read More
Keiko-1

Photographic Test Kitchen: 3 Light Setup

Work made with 3 speed lights Here’s the equipment used to create this photograph: Nikon D810 Nikon 105mm Macro lens 3 Nissin Di700A speedlights Nissan Carbon Fiber Light Stand Nissan Air 1 transmitter Rogue XL2 Flashbender Rogue large Flashbender Rogue

Read More
Carin, Keiko and Rick at the airport with lots of baggage.

A Better Way to Fly

Why it can be less expensive to fly First Class I recently returned back home to Boston from a three-week trip to the Bahamas and Florida. It was great to get out of the Boston winter! I was teaching workshops

Read More
untitled-1

Looking For Light from MPB.com

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from our friends at MPB.com. MPB is a great place to sell gear that’s no longer in use as well as where to buy quality used photo and video equipment at much lower

Read More
levi_sim-1-2

Want Natural-Looking Light? Use Gels.

You need great light to direct attention to your subjects and help your photos appear natural. If you want to make great light with flashes, you need gels. Gels simply color your flash’s light which allows you to match the

Read More
Levi_Sim-1

How to Use On-Camera Flash for Events

Using an on-camera flash at an indoor event is probably the simplest way to make pictures of small groups look their best. At weddings, parties, and fundraisers, friends and families are together for a short time and they are surprisingly

Read More
Levi_Sim Magmod cover-1

Modifying Speedlights & Magmod

Making great light is essential to making great portraits. And I mean that: you’ve got to make great light. You can find a good source of available light, but I’ve rarely seen any available light that couldn’t be made better,

Read More
KAbanner

Dusk, Spotlight, Fog & Music

Recently, a post of mine shared the planning process and the initial set build for a portrait session for Atlanta musician Jeff Paige. This one deep dives into the rest of the details. Lighting Without question every photograph is all

Read More
Jeff red and plain lit hair copy

Planning a Musician’s Photoshoot

Atlanta musician, Jeff Paige came to me with his challenge of rebranding his look for his online presence as well as for upcoming releases of his work. The process always begins with planning. I met with his team to discuss

Read More
Panasonic GH4, Leica Nocticron, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 100.

How to: Make Magic with a Flash and Rear Sync

The most powerful flash setting you have is the one that controls when your flash fires. This setting works for your pop-up flash, for a speedlight on your camera, and for any off-camera light you’re controlling. It’s called Rear Sync,

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Gels for Background Color

Fast Background Color Change

Sometimes art directors (or clients) want something that wasn’t included in pre-production. Photography is a creative endeavor. Art directors are creative too. When creativity happens during the shoot it’s time to open the tool kit of fast, simple solutions. Originally…

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