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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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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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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Need a Flash Meter for Studio Photography?
Aug29

Need a Flash Meter for Studio Photography?

Back in the day, when I  was shooting film in the studio, a flash meter like my redoubtable and now-antique Gossen Luna-Star F2  and Polaroid tests were indispensable in getting correct exposures. I in a digital world filled with histograms and three-inch OLED screens the short answer is not always. While I often—but not always—use my flash meter or a hand-held light meter when working in my home studio, I know several photographers...

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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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LEDs in the Round
Jul21

LEDs in the Round

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, if only approximate, before checking against a histogram. I’ve tested...

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Mixing Monolights & Graffiti
Jun16

Mixing Monolights & Graffiti

Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd was founded in China in 1993 and offers a full line of lighting equipment including studio, portable, power pack and head along with speedlights, macro lights, remote controls and camera accessories. Blink Photographic is distributing Godox in the USA and I tested three different monolight models: All offering variable power control, triggering via a wireless remote and compatibility with the Bowens S...

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