Working in Your Home Studio
Oct07

Working in Your Home Studio

If you follow me on Instagram (@joefarace) you know that a few months ago, my basement was flooded causing damage to my in-home studio. We’re in the final phase of repairs to the studio. When it’s completely finished I’ll do a video tour of the 11×15-foot studio, showing updates and some of the lighting tools I use. There are lots of things you’ll have to consider when working in your home studio beginning with tailoring the...

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Using Scrim Jim Cine in the Studio
Sep30

Using Scrim Jim Cine in the Studio

  A “scrim” is typically a screen-like mesh placed in front of a light to reduce intensity but in common usage any device that produces a diffusion effect are called scrims. When it comes to portraiture, lighting isn’t only about the quantity of the light produced but is more often about the quality of that light. Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine builds on that concept with a modular design that allows both reflective and diffusion...

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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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Studio Tuesday: Power Pack & Head Systems
Aug02

Studio Tuesday: Power Pack & Head Systems

Monolights, as I wrote about last week, combine power supply and flash head into a single unit. Another approach is used by power packs & heads systems that offer components as individual units that can be mixed and matched in different lighting set-ups. Because there’s no internal power supply, flash heads can be smaller and some are downright tiny allowing you to place them in locations where larger monolights might not fit....

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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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Portrait Lighting Week Kicks Off Today…
Jul18

Portrait Lighting Week Kicks Off Today…

Studio lighting hardware is going through its biggest paradigm shift since the invention of the flash bulb in 1929. There have been trends and fads with LED’s seemingly having equal parts of both and appealing to new and mirrorless shooters capturing stills and video. Fluorescent-based systems popularity appears to be holding steady for many of the same reasons with quartz and other “hot lights” loosing ground to literally cooler...

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