No Photoshop Please, We’re French
Oct05

No Photoshop Please, We’re French

In 2009, French lawmakers proposed a law that photographs where a model— the key word is “model” not your aunt Sally—has been photoshopped be labeled as such. In 2017, that law is now going into effect. The BBC reports that the Photoshop rule does not apply to the removal of blemishes being or retouching to hair. France 24 reports that as of October 1, 2017, anyone who publishes a photo in which Photoshop is used to “either slim or...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela
Sep20

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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Monochrome & Color Portraiture
Mar24

Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture mode with some  offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but...

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In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights
Aug01

In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights

The trend of using continuous light sources, such as LED, plays well with photographers integrating video into the services they offer clients. But there’s also a convenience factor. A continuous source lets you see the how light falls on a portrait subject exactly as it will appear in the final image and can use your in-camera meter to arrive at an exposure. I’ve tested Flashpoint’s rectangular LED light panels in the past and looked...

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Wrapping up Lighting Week…
Jul22

Wrapping up Lighting Week…

Wrapping up Lighting Week… We started the week with a high-end power pack and head system, moved to a fluorescent lighting, then window light, then segued into LED. It’s time to come full circle and look at electronic flash again, this time its monolights. Portrait photographers get to practice their craft with an amazing selection of different light kinds of light sources and each has their own advantages and disadvantages depending...

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Shooting a One Light Headshot
Jul30

Shooting a One Light Headshot

I recently received a Savage Translum background that looks like frosted glass and is available in rolls of 54-inches wide by 18 feet. Translum is made from Mylar and can be framed or hung on a background stand like the Savage Economy Background kit I used for a session with an aspiring model. For this casual portrait I placed a 24×32-inch softbox at camera right and close to the subject. Then I placed a small, circular silver...

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The Beauty of the Beauty Dish

A beauty dish is a different kind of light modification device. It’s a metal reflector that uses its parabolic shape to distribute light towards a focal point and is an alternative to a softbox. It wraps light around a subject producing an effect somewhere between direct flash and a softbox and adds drama when used with accessories like a grid. A beauty dish is used in portrait and fashion work to generate a concentrated pool of light...

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