Putting Your Best Face Forward
Sep16

Putting Your Best Face Forward

People’s faces are not symmetrical and most of us really do have a “good” and “bad” side that photographs better or worse than the other side. Experienced models know this and will only give you what they think is their best side but they can be wrong. That’s why it’s a good idea to shoot a few test shots and determine which side of their face looks best. Keep in mind any pose is lighting dependent, so what looks great under...

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Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro
Aug23

Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro

  If you ever you get stuck for ideas, a retro style or pose is always something that’s fun to try. Last Tuesday, I told you how I made ‘Old School Hollywood Portrait’ images and today it’s an playful homage to the kind of shots that the late Peter Gowland made during the 1950’s. I was fortunate to know Mr. Gowland late in his life and my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is dedicated to Peter and...

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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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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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Tips for Working with LED Lights in the Studio
Jun24

Tips for Working with LED Lights in the Studio

It’s obvious that LED studio lighting is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Working in the studio with LED lighting systems, as I did recently with Flashpoint’s affordable ($200) CL-500R LED Circular Light, brings you face-to-face with terms like lux, lumens and foot-candles. Don’t let that you freak out; there was a time when megapixels were alien too. Lux is a unit of illumination equal to one...

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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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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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