Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’
Feb21

Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers (thanks Izzy) we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts” with the idea that if a person was new to the blog, they would see the most popular five...

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Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait
Feb13

Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: The first likes to shoot with “available light” by which they really mean “every light that’s available.” For some shooters, setting up five lights to make a portrait is just getting started. The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on making a good portrait of the...

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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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