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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Conversation about Photoflex Light Modifiers

Canadian Photoflex rep Trevor Sherwin discusses the features and benefits of Photoflex soft boxes at the recent Exposure Show just outside Toronto.  If you're unclear about what makes a good soft box and the differences between the various types of soft box, you owe it to yourself to watch this interview!     See below for more information on Photoflex soft boxes:   FOR FLASH / STROBE LIGHTS OctoDome LiteDome MultiDome HalfDome WhiteDome   FOR CONTINUOUS / HOT LIGHTS SilverDome nxt OctoDome nxt HalfDome nxt WhiteDome CineDome  

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: Playing with Fire

In this video lesson, commercial photographer Jay P. Morgan discusses and demonstrates how he incorporates flames into his still imagery and videos.      To see more of Jay P. Morgan's work, visit:   http://www.jaypmorgan.com http://theslantedlens.com  

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lighting for High Key Glass: Part 2

This is the second in a three-part lesson series that explores photographing reflective glass in a high key style. To see the first part, click here. Using the Backlighting Technique An alternate way to light glass objects is to back-light them, a common studio lighting technique that involves placing the light directly behind the glassware.  If you're using a large soft box, it can serve as the backdrop for the shot.  This is where the Plexiglas product-shooting table really makes things easy.  I placed a large SilverDome soft box behind and as close as possible to...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lighting for High Key Glass: Part 1

Photographing glass objects is considered by many to be one of the most challenging tasks in commercial studio photography. However, with the right tools and proper techniques, taking pictures of glass can be fun and highly rewarding. The image you see above began as a vague concept, which involved photographing a wine decanter in such a way that the final image would show off both the product and its intended use. For photographer Garry Belinsky, the goal in creating this wine shot was to create a light, airy, or high key atmosphere and to keep the decanter and the wine...

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Friday, June 08, 2012

Miss Aniela: Fashion Shoot Experiences

Natalie Dybisz, aka Miss Aniela, is an artisit of many talents.  She's a first rate photographer who's impressive on either side of the lens (yes, she's a beautiful model, too).  She's an eloquent writer, orator and conversationalist.  Her image-editing skills are both highly creative and technically masterful.  And possibly best of all, she's an excellent teacher who shares her craft through her workshops in both Europe and the United States, which she holds with her partner, Matthew Lennard.  Natalie and Matt have just finished editing their behind-the-scenes videos for both...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

New ShoeMount/SpeedLight Umbrella Kit

This unique kit is designed for quick remote soft lighting by an assistant. Just add your own speedlight and your assistant can either light up the background or give you a professional looking off camera 2nd light for your portraits or group photos. It includes a LiteReach and base, so that you can use it as a back light stand or rest it on a table top when not in use. The base of the LiteReach will also mount to the top of a LiteStand for a temporary extender. It includes a multiclamp swivel to mount your speedlight along with...

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Lighting Breakdown! OctoDomes Ping Pong and Fire at the Beach

We had the opportunity to shoot promotional materials of Cui Baoqun, a national Chinese champion ping-pong player, for a television show called King Pong. He is incredible to watch play and a very nice guy. We shot at a Malibu beach location and applied, to this shoot, some of the information that we learned about Octodomes in our last lesson. We needed both Video for the promo reel and some stills for the advertising pieces. The one thing you can be certain about on location is wind, and wind we got! It was terrible at first, and we could not...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Moving Pictures

Photographer David Hou takes us through his process shooting some fast-paced dance photography in the studio with model and dancer Alayna. Find out why fast durations are essential to catching the action and how David used the Photoflex TritonFlash to achieve the results.    

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: A Breakdown on LitePanel Reflectors

In this LiteBlog post, Jay P. Morgan reviews the basics of reflectors and demonstrates their effects on location.  This is a basic look at how reflectors work and the practical applications for each of the reflective fabrics.  For the beginning photographer, using a reflector is an easy way to start to modify light and learn where to place the light source in relationship to your subject.  Using reflectors and becoming good at placing them will teach you how to place strobes.  Good light placement is the same for both strobes and reflectors, but easier to see...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Jeff Stevensen: HDR - The Web’s Loudness War?

[Abandoned Tinsel Factory, Windsor Locks, Connecticut] Surely you’ve seen HDR photographs by now. HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range imaging. It’s a post-production technique in which one combines several different exposures of a subject into one final photo; the final photo has more detail in extreme highlights and extreme shadows than a conventional, single exposure can capture. HDR can be a lot of fun and initially exciting. Unfortunately, the most common “look” people are using with HDR is somewhere between surreal and cartoonish. Colors are screamingly over-saturated; dark “contrast clouds”...

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