An Indestructible Camera Case?
Nov23

An Indestructible Camera Case?

Pretty much. Pelican has been around for more than sixty years and have been famous for their rugged and waterproof camera cases. Take their 1200 Case, for example. It’s made of Ultra High Impact structural copolymer and has been designed for larger cameras or lenses. It’s dust proof, crush proof, watertight ¼-inch O-ring seal, and stainless steel hardware. The 1200 has an automatic pressure equalization valve for quick equalization...

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Low Key Portraits
Nov22

Low Key Portraits

Since Black Friday is coming up in a few days lets look at a recent low-key portrait that I made while photographing a model wearing black against a black background. Low key pictures, like this one, concentrate on the darker tones of an image and can convey an atmosphere of mystery. Typically low-key portraits  use higher contrast lighting with most of the subject is in shadow with relatively brightly lit small areas and is a useful...

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Assembling A Location Lighting Kit: The Basics
Nov18

Assembling A Location Lighting Kit: The Basics

I hate to schlep heavy lighting gear to off-site shoots and in my quest to find the smallest, lightest, and most versatile three light system for on-location portraits , I came up with a kit based on a concept Plume Ltd’s Gary Regester came with twenty-five years ago called “Lighting kit in a shoebox” and while my update produces uses a Lightware case that’s bigger than a shoebox, it also contains more stuff yet is small enough...

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Accessories For Night Time Photography
Nov03

Accessories For Night Time Photography

To make successful pictures under low light conditions, you’ll need a few extra non-photographic tools. Even though many cameras have backlit panels for their control LCDs, you’ll want a small LED flashlight so you can see the camera’s controls and be able to make all the proper settings. It sure beats working in the dark. I use a Applied Innovative Technologies’ NightStar LED flashlight that are made in Fort Lupton,...

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Hitech Modular Filters are More Affordable
Nov02

Hitech Modular Filters are More Affordable

What’s in your camera bag? Photographers who love working with filters (and I’m one of them) and who want maximum creative versatility shouldn’t leave home without an ND filter in their camera bag. IHitech who makes high quality modular filters, have re-priced their line to make them competitive with less expensive, soft resin filters. Their ND filters that are part of a system that offers a much greater range of...

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Make Environment Part of the Portrait
Oct31

Make Environment Part of the Portrait

Portraits—no matter where you make them—are all about light, so start by searching for places where the light looks good. When the weather is nice, I’ll shoot at a local park a few blocks away from my home and for swimsuit shots I shoot at a nearby lake. I typically make portraits during the week when there is far less activity in the neighborhood, at the park, or the lake. In the Winter? Colorado has three hundred sunny days a year,...

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On-Camera Tools for Speedlight Portraits
Oct28

On-Camera Tools for Speedlight Portraits

A soft light source is a better choice for portraits than a hard one because it’s more flattering to the subject and, as a side benefit, will require less retouching in the digital darkroom. Because it’s convenient and electronically linked to the camera, the speedlight that’s part of your camera system is often the new portrait photographer’s first artificial light source choice but you must remember that it has one major goal:...

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