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Portrait Tips: Challenge conquers dread

Dread: That’s the feeling that happens when you know you’re in over your head but you have to perform anyway. Dread started weighing on me and pulling my stomach into

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

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

Nighttime actions shots with the kids

I don’t know what it is about nighttime, but that seems to be the time when my brain is the most creative. Maybe it’s due to the fact that all

Creating Dynamic Portraits with Sparklers

Happy Independence Day! You’ve got a terrific opportunity to make some fun portraits with fireworks. Kids love sparklers, and when you show them what you can do with sparklers, flash

What is a Softbox?

A softbox is a term that describes an enclosure that surrounds a light source on all sides and diffuses the light that escapes from it. Watch this video to learn more about light modifiers.

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Lights, Colors, Fractals

I shot this photograph at WPPI in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I was at the ClickProps Studio Backdrops booth. This company makes over 500 backdrops in various

How to D.I.Y. a Snoot & Grid

What is a snoot? A snoot is just a funny name for a piece of equipment, generally a tube or similar objects such as a conical, cylindrical, or rectangular shape,

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

Portrait Tips: Subtle Spice Not Ketchup

When people see your picture, they should say, “Wow, that’s a great photograph,” not, “Wow, that’s a well-lit photograph.” Once you start using flashes, it’s like having a hammer in