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Friday, November 04, 2011

The Simplest Lighting in the World - Nov. 4, 2011

Is there really such a thing as the “simplest lighting in the world?” Yes, there is. It has many names, but I’ll call it SOFT SIDE LIGHTING (SSL) for the purpose of this lesson. SSL is very plentiful. Of course direct sun is even more plentiful, but SSL is much more attractive. You can find SSL very easily, or you can make it with diffusion material using a LitePanel or a SoftBox, and the results will be wonderful. Let’s begin by showing how to find and use SSL outdoors. The photo below is a...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Which Lens is Best?

Question: Which lens is best? Answer: The one that allows you to complete the vision you have for your specific subject. (Photo below taken with: Nikon D-300 w/Nikon 70-300mm lens) That answer may sound evasive, but it’s true. There are great lenses out there that you may never need because they don’t lend themselves to your type of work. My advice: Figure out what focal lengths you need and get the very best quality lenses you can afford for those specific subjects. Photographers don’t create images from thin air with our cameras,...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Shooting Tips: Night Carnivals and Fairs

Grab your camera. Let's go to the fair! We received a few questions about the night photo in the previous blog entitled Gathering Photo Assets, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about carnivals and night photography in general. There are few places that have the color and action of a carnival or boardwalk. In the daytime those places appear cluttered and chaotic, but at dusk and sunset the sky gets darker and the lights start to come alive. For about 45 minutes it’s possible to get some great shots by ‘tracking’...

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