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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Shanny Speedlights in the Studio
Mar01

Shanny Speedlights in the Studio

If you missed my First Glace post on the Shanny speedlights take a quick look at it, before reading today’s post. Or not. As I’ve said many times this is not a “my way or the highway blog.” The Shanny SN600EX-RF for Canon ($199.99) is a transceiver speedlight that is both a transmitter and receiver. The flash has all the same functions as the ($149.95) SN600SC but adds a wireless feature with 15 channels and 3 groups with...

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Clothes Can Make or Break the Portrait
Mar10

Clothes Can Make or Break the Portrait

You’ve heard me say it before but I still think that client communications is the most important aspect of portraiture. That dialog begins with the initial contact and then moves through all of the communications that happen during a session but to make the best possible portrait, it should start before a subject arrives at your studio or the shoot’s location. Offering a few simple tips to subjects before a shot can make their...

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Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper
Jun03

Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper

Posing a portrait subject against a seamless paper background is the ultimate tests of your ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your imagination. Because there’s nothing for your subject to interact with, your posing directions are going to have to be more precise than normal and you better cross your...

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Don’t Go Broke on Studio Props
Jan07

Don’t Go Broke on Studio Props

“Being an artist, I had an artist’s instincts….You can see the picture before it’s taken; then it’s up to you to get the camera to see.”— James Van Der Zee Photographic props can be expensive and while there’s no doubt having a complex set and extensive props in your studio, even a home studio, can be effective in helping you pose subjects and increasing sales, you need to be able to generate enough...

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Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats
May14

Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats

There is an old photographer’s expression—ESP—Expression Sells Portraits. The expression on a subject’s face tells the story of who they are. If they only have one look on their face, their portfolio will look monotonous. Be sure to look at both sides of a subject’s face. Most people—even supermodels—have one side of their face that photographs better than the other side but don’t let that stop you from posing them one way or...

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Wordless Wednesday #053: “At the WPPI Show ”
Mar13

Wordless Wednesday #053: “At the WPPI Show ”

At the 2013 WPPI show right now! Photo from last year’s show as I was gathering information on an article about studio lighting hardware from Multiblitz’s Veit Wulms. My assignment this year is broader and includes lighting modifiers and speedlight accessories. Look for updates here and in the pages of Shutterbug magazine throughout the year.

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