Setting Exposure for Studio Lighting
Apr24

Setting Exposure for Studio Lighting

Metering studio lighting is done in the same way as it when shooting with natural light: By using a light meter. But you’re going to need a handheld light meter that also reads flash output. In most cases, the aperture that the flash meter provides will be close enough for your first test shots but you should take the time to look at the test image’s histogram and refine the exposure though repeated test shots until you have the...

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The Best Hobby in the World
Apr21

The Best Hobby in the World

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”—Oscar Wilde I think photography is the best hobby/avocation/profession the world. And that’s because of two aspects that combine to make it more than the sum of its parts. One of the less obvious things that photography gives its practitioners is the way we see the world. We know that our art/craft is about light and see...

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Putting a Softbox on a Boom
Apr20

Putting a Softbox on a Boom

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” Robert Frank Photogenic has been making studio equipment for more than a hundred years. Their 640 WS Soft Box Portrait kit is a two-light system that includes a softbox that can be mounted on a boom, something beginning portrait photographers sometimes overlook as because they...

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Wordy Wednesday #438 “Easter Island Homage”
Apr19

Wordy Wednesday #438 “Easter Island Homage”

With Easter just a few days ago, I wanted to share on of my favorite Easter-themed images today. I’ve long been fascinated by Easter Island’s stone heads but so far haven’t yet been able to make the trip, so I’ll have to make do with this photograph of a rabbit’s head sculpture that I made in Arvada, Colorado. I call the image “The Real Easter Island” because it’s a rabbit head (get it?) It was shot with a Canon EOS 50D...

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Using Shadows in Glamour Photography
Apr18

Using Shadows in Glamour Photography

Light illuminates; shadows define. Shadows add a sense of depth to a photograph. Shadows are the soul of a picture—Rick Sammon Light has four major qualities: quality, quantity, color and direction and the least expensive lighting for glamour portraits is the sun. It’s free and even on cloudy days produces a wonderfully soft effect and it’s easy to use too. Under most lighting conditions your camera’s built-in meter will give anywhere...

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The Quest for Proper Exposure
Apr17

The Quest for Proper Exposure

“Available light is any damn light that is available!” – W. Eugene Smith At workshops and PhotoWalks the number one question that I get from attendees is about proper exposure. You would think that with all the automation built into today’s cameras that would be the last question they would ask but it is the first. That’s why, to me, the exposure compensation control is one of the most important parts of a digital camera....

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Paradigm Shifts and Photography
Apr14

Paradigm Shifts and Photography

“The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”— Mark Twain Mark Twain was reportedly quoted saying the above in 1897; He died in 1910. In 1839 artist Paul Delaroche, on first seeing a Daguerreotype said, “from today, painting is dead!” Please don’t tell all of today’s painters along with the galleries and museums exhibiting their work about that one. We are at a point in photography’s history where some on-line pundits are...

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