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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: Window Light Portraits for Stills and Video

    In this tutorial, we'll look at how to use window light as an effective light source to create portraits. Window light is a natural light source that can create beautiful light for portraits for both video and stills.  It's a constant and immediately available light source that is defined by the size of the window and the proximity of the subject to the window.  Large windows give softer light with brighter backgrounds and smaller windows give harder light with darker backgrounds.  The same principle applies to soft boxes.  Large boxes create soft...

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Sooska: Bloody Princess

The following blog post (which we've attempted to translate into English via the help of Google Translate) from Romanian photographer Sooska takes a look into a recent photo shoot in which he used a newly acquired Photoflex TritonFlash.   But first, here's the video he produced for this shoot What causes things to happen?  Is it all random?  Personally, I don't think that things happen just by chance. Recently a friend of mine told me about a unique setting -- a house left neglected, but still in fairlystable condition -- and invited...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Ian Spanier: Shooting Truckers from ‘Shipping Wars’

Although I often shoot in the studio, more often I am on the road. In today's world of tighter budgets and increasing airline baggage fees, traveling with heavy portable battery packs and heads is less possible. And often, when traveling to remote locations, picking up rental equipment is just not going to happen. Solutions to problems like this are the key to survival in this ever-crowded industry. So when Photoflex released the TritonFlash portable strobes, I was very intrigued. I got a chance to test them on a personal project and definitely liked them. I was eager to get...

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Dan Bailey: The Alaskan Studio

Yesterday we had more snow and single digit temperatures here in Anchorage, Alaska. And with calm winds during the past few days, all the snow that fell last week was still stuck to the all the trees. Basically, it’s winter wonderland up here in Alaska right now, especially since we’re about the only place in the country with any snow. Perfect conditions for outdoor photography! Of course, the lighting conditions of reduced winter sunlight and overcast skies aren’t exactly ideal for outside portraits, so I decided to bring along the TritonFlash™ to throw...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Blair Bunting: A Rugby Shoot in the Wee Hours

Using the TritonFlash™ I'm a commercial photographer who specializes in shooting portraits and cars, and I've been a huge fan of Photoflex® lighting modifiers for years. The rugged, textured images I am known for are due in large part to the quality of light that I get with the Photoflex® OctoDome® series, primarily the medium and small. For this shoot, I was eager to try out my first real experience with Photoflex® electronics in the TritonFlash™. I had read the specs and descriptions of what the product could do and I was...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Craig Pulsifer: The Barley Station

At first glance, I wasn’t sure if the guy in the tattered Harley jacket would flip me the bird or laugh like St. Nick. His sunken eyes shone bright with mischief beneath a hedge of jet-black eyebrows, themselves contrasted by a great silver mane of hair and beard that ringed his face. I was soon to discover the many faces of 63-year old Larry Barker. Advance Reconnaissance The gig was a combination product/portrait for the Barley Station Brewpub featuring a pint of their most popular pilsner, outtakes of which I hoped might also fit my portfolio. The...

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Game Changer

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Friday, December 02, 2011

White Balance - Why Should I Care?

White balance refers to the color of the main light source and how it renders the overall color accuracy of the photograph. If you’re unhappy with some of your images because they seem too orange/yellow or cyan/blue, this mini lesson will help you. The concept of needing to change a camera setting to obtain proper color balance in a photo is difficult for many amateur photographers to understand. You may ask, “Why bother with the camera controls or colored gels if colors look okay to me when I view the scene in real life?” ...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

High-Key Portraiture. A brief overview.

This blog describes the main elements that comprise high-key portraiture. We’ll cover low-key lighting in a future blog. The terms High-Key and Low-Key have been used (and misused) by photographers for decades. The differences between the two styles are obvious when they are placed side-by-side, as in the two shots below of jazz pianist Preston Brahm. The photo on the left has many of traditional elements that bring the shot into the category of high-key. We describe those at length below. The low-key photo on the right is the opposite of high key in many respects: Dark background,...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Special Holiday Pricing!

Lighting shouldn’t be complicated. Make it easy with Photoflex® Holiday Specials! The holidays are here and it's time to get together with friends and family for celebrations and photos. This year Photoflex® is making it easier for you to take memorable photos with special promotional pricing on many of our most popular lighting kits and individual items. THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES WE'VE EVER OFFERED ON THESE ITEMS! Don't delay because qualities are limited. If you're just acquiring your first lighting equipment, the best place to start is with our small kits....

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