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How to Light Absolutely Anything

How to Light Absolutely Anything

Studio lighting: where to start? It doesn’t have to be mysterious or complicated. It doesn’t have to be all about lighting diagrams and formulas. What follows is everything you really will ever need to know to shoot successfully with strobe lights…

Photographers’ Light: The Magic Ingredient

Photographers’ Light: The Magic Ingredient

Light: the magic ingredient that makes our photography possible. Without light, you don’t shoot pictures. So learning to really see light in all its nuances is a fundamental key to improving as a photographer. But what is it about light that you should learn to look at?

Black and White White Linen Night

Black and White White Linen Night

I’ve been thinking a lot about black and white photography lately.
It’s what I started with: watching prints come up in a darkroom tray of developer, the images emerging like ghosts at first, then slowly taking on their true forms…

Strobe & Blur: How to Harness Motion Blur in Your Photographs

Strobe & Blur: How to Harness Motion Blur in Your Photographs

One of my favorite times of day to shoot is right after dusk, as the light fades. It’s a great time to play with long shutter speeds and a bit of strobe, just to freeze and focus something within your frame. But how do you control these effects? That’s the subject of this post!

Finally, Some Beautiful Light!

Finally, Some Beautiful Light!

After weeks of constant, dreary, soul-sucking rain, a day of beautiful, fabulous light! A few reflections about why we shoot, why it’s good for our very being to pick camera up and go out in search of a great image…..

How to use light balancing gels

How to use light balancing gels

In the flap of my camera bag I keep a wallet with gels cut to fit my portable strobe. The gels all have velcro strips permanently attached to match mating pieces of velcro attached to my strobe. Here’s how to make a set for your strobes and how to use them to improve your results…

Kelvin Temperature–It’s affects everyone’s photography

Kelvin Temperature–It’s affects everyone’s photography

What is Kelvin temperature and why should you care? When used in photography, Kelvin temperature is a scale that measures the relative warmth or coolness in a given scene…

Understanding Photographic Lighting, Part III (Article Series)

Understanding Photographic Lighting, Part III (Article Series)

Choosing a studio strobe system may just be the most important decison you’ll make…maybe even more important than the camera system you settle on. Read more to learn why this is true for most professional photographers….

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part II (Article Series)

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part II (Article Series)

Learning to creatively use portable strobe is the first step towards gaining control over added lighting sources in your photography. Today we’ll explore how you can experiment and master these important lighting tools…

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part I

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part I

Coming to understand the role that lighting plays in our lives as photographers is critical. Learning to use and control that light is one of the fundamental elements you need to master if you are to progress as a photographer. This series of articles will explore this most basic of photographic elements…

Dancing with Light & Shadow

Dancing with Light & Shadow

I went for an early morning of personal photography in the New Orleans French Quarter last week, up before dawn to make the drive across Lake Pontchartrain to the Crescent City. I felt the usual excitement as I headed across the bridge, not unlike the excitement I felt as a child going on early morning […]

It’s All in the Light

It’s All in the Light

LIGHT. All good photography starts with one thing: THE LIGHT. Light is the essence of all photography. Without at least some light we shoot no photos. Learning how to use light creatively is at the heart of all good photography. Idea #1: Great photographic artists learn to love and appreciate beautiful light! It’s the simplest […]

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