Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink
Oct11

Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold 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 Wed-nesdays I will be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years that I’ve photo-graphed Pam showing her many, many...

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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 FourSquare’s 48-inch Softbox
Jun08

Shooting FourSquare’s 48-inch Softbox

When it comes to softboxes, bigger it always better—and softer. FourSquare’s FSK48 48-inch softbox is big but is only 20-inches deep allowing to fit in tight spaces like my 11×15-foot home studio. For location work, it knocks down to 20-inches long, fitting into the pouch that’s included with the $319.95 kit. In addition to the front diffuser, an interior diffusion screen is included to soften and diffuse the light even...

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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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Working with the Classics: Speedotron
Feb23

Working with the Classics: Speedotron

“Remember that the person you are photographing is 50% of the portrait and you are the other 50%. You need the model as much as he or she needs you. If they don’t want to help you, it will be a very dull picture.”—Lord Patrick Lichfield Speedotron’s power pack and head systems are the studio lighting world’s equivalent of the American muscle car. They’re made in the USA, ruggedly built to take hard use, and powerful. The...

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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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