Shooting Portraits with Lowel’s Blender
Feb09

Shooting Portraits with Lowel’s Blender

The Lowel Blender’s twin-LED design makes it possible to fine-tune its color output to match (or contrast with) whatever kind of existing light that you’re grappling with. This tiny (4.5 x 3.75-inches) unit produces 56W of light, is dimmable from 100% to 10% and is powered by a 120V AC adapter or the optional ($27.88) camcorder battery sled (uses Panasonic, Sony or Canon batteries.) The Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit includes three...

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Why Do Some of My  Portraits Have High ISO’s?
Jan30

Why Do Some of My Portraits Have High ISO’s?

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber I want to answer a question I recently received from a readers regarding a post I did on Flashpoint’s 13-inch fluorescent ring light. Bernie asked, “Why are some of my portraits shot with such high ISO settings?” I’m sure he is concerned because everybody knows that higher ISO settings produce more digital...

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How Did You Make That Shot? It’s Back
Jan23

How Did You Make That Shot? It’s Back

A studio session … provides the greatest chance for control. [But] even though there is total freedom.—Eve Arnold I started ‘How Did You Make That Shot?’ in 2012 but last year I only wrote one post, so in response to reader requests, I’ve brought it back. I promise to make an effort in 2017 to update this series, especially as I put my newly refurbished home studio back to work this year. Flashpoint’s 13-inch...

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One-on-One Glamour Workshops in 2017
Jan05

One-on-One Glamour Workshops in 2017

“For people who aren’t doing it already, take classes – they’re worthwhile. Workshops or classes – a workshop is where you do actually get feedback on your work, not just something where you go and sit for a day.”—Octavia E. Butler People have been asking me for some time if they could shoot with me. Now you can join me in a series of one-on-one workshops on studio lighting aimed at glamour and...

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Working with Kelvin, CRI and Mired
Dec22

Working with Kelvin, CRI and Mired

I’m always amazed at the misinformation about the Kelvin scale of measuring color temperature. On the Internet, a power company stated that the “History of Kelvin temperature originally comes from the incandescent lamp.” During the nineteenth century and long before Edison invented the incandescent light, Lord Kelvin (William Thompson)  proposed a new temperature scale that was suitable for measuring low temperatures. He...

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What’s New in My Home Studio
Dec08

What’s New in My Home Studio

“I like that you have a home studio. I do also. That is an area that seems to be frowned upon by a good many ‘pro’ photographers. I don’t believe a rented studio downtown (lets you) make any better shots than a home studio. The end result is all that is important. I have been made to feel shamed from time to time because of equipment choices and home studio.”—from a reader I like having an-home studio for three reasons: One, if...

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Working with LED Modeling Lights
Dec02

Working with LED Modeling Lights

“To me, lighting really sets the mood for a room. A 40 watt bulb in a cheap lamp is the same as a 40 watt bulb in an expensive one.”—Edward Walker The upside of using an LED source as a modeling light means that there are no more bulbs to lose or break. An LED will save energy and last longer than an incandescent or quartz bulb but the downside is they are visibly dimmer than the 150 Watt quartz lamps used in monolights...

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