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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Creating Dynamic Composite Images

Have you ever wanted to photograph someone standing at the edge of the Grand Canon or beneath the Eiffel Tower but had to face the reality that your budget didn’t allow for this kind of shot? Well the good news is that nowadays we can accomplish the impossible with editing software. In this article we examine a few ways that you can use creative lighting and stock imagery to create dynamic composites. Once you have these skills in your arsenal, the sky will be the limit on what you can create. Lighting Sources and Direction The first, and...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NBA Photographer, David Liam Kyle, puts the Photoflex Transpac Dual Kit Case to the test

I have been a professional photographer for over thirty years and carrying around all my equipment is a hassle. I am always looking for ways to lighten the load of my camera gear. I work with photo assistants but I still load the van myself. I would also like to make my photo assistants’ lives easier. I was looking for a new case to handle my light stands along with umbrellas and soft boxes so I picked up the Photoflex Transpac Dual Kit Case. It is a larger than most cases and has excellent quality.  Because of its...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

George Wilson: Wild Horses, Part 2

In September of each year I travel far from my home in Florida to an unincorporated area of Fall River County, South Dakota. It is a yearly sojourn to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the American Mustang, Spanish Mustang and a few other breeds in a “running free” environment. Encompassing more than 11,000 acres, I have stood on canyon rims and looked down upon horses that may have never seen a human being. The isolation, splendor and lack of a reliable cell phone signal keep me coming back each year. Not only do...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Photograph Stunning Silhouettes

Several dramatic effects can be achieved with very few resources and a lot of creativity. Shooting silhouettes as a part of landscape scenes can add a dramatic effect that not only proves the skill of the photographer in conditions with strong backlight illumination, but also as a way to “humanize” pictures, infusing them with feeling. Emotions such as peace, hope, and even fear can be expressed, depending on the scenario created by the photographer and the role played by the subject who posing in silhouette. Through this guide, we are going to review essential tips that will enhance...

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Ryan Bensheimer: Maximizing the Photoflex XS LiteDome and XS OctoDome

As the owner of Ideal Impressions, I am 100% a wedding photographer and shoot about 50 weddings a year. Myself and the other 17 wedding photographers who make up Ideal Impressions search out great light and even when we find it we nearly always add just a touch of our own "good light" to give our images a pop. This usually means we have assistants carrying light stands and soft boxes. Generally we aren't overly concerned with lighting a whole bridal party. Most of the weddings we shoot are huge and we are often shooting them in full, bright sunlight. However, the...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Get in on the action and #ShareYourLighting!

It’s week seven of our #ShareYourLighting contest and so far we have awarded over $1,200 in prizes from Photoflex, ThinkTank, BayPhoto, ViewBug, MacPhun and more. Have you entered the contest yet? To enter the contest, all you need to do is share a behind-the-scenes image with hash tags #ShareYourLighting and #Photoflex (or tag @Photoflex). Alternatively, you can share a lighting diagram and results shot. We just want to see you lighting up the world, in your own unique way. Once posted, you will be instantly entered to win a weekly prize from Photoflex or one of our awesome contest...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

George Wilson: Determining the Guide Number for FlexFlash200W

When it comes to photography, I am a traditionalist. I use the modern DSLR, but mostly in manual mode (M) with an occasional foray into aperture priority (AP). For me, absolute control over my image dictates my use of a hand held analog meter; manual camera settings and manual flash settings. Yes, that’s correct, manual flash. I have only slightly ventured into the TTL options available. I myself am a firm believer that the nice people at Nikon (as well as Canon, Olympus and Sony) have not programmed the ability to think into our cameras or should I...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Scott Stulberg: Using a diffuser indoors

Indoor lamps can make a great light source for photographing people, but at times the light can be too bright and create too much contrast. On this occasion I wanted to photograph my friend Leah on our sofa and try some double exposures using layer masks. The large lamp over the sofa gave me some pretty nice light to work with as a key light. However, once I snapped a test shot, which you can see below, I realized that the lamp needed some diffusion to soften the light. I had my assistant Holly hold up the translucent panel of...

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mastering the Photoflex 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector

Shooting portraits outdoors can be a real challenge in the summertime. The available sunshine and longer days allow you to work in the elements but they don’t always cooperate. In this article we will explore a few of the ways that the 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector can help solve summertime’s lighting challenges. During the middle of the day, overhead sunlight can be too bright and create unflattering shadows under the nose and brows. One way to combat this is to shoot in open shade. However, shooting in a shady area can sometimes result in flat looking exposures...

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Photoflex Lighting School: New Lesson Available on 3-Point Studio Lighting

In this video lighting lesson, Pro Showcase photographer Andrew Foord shows us his 3-point setup to create dynamic portraits in studio. See the entire lesson here and while you are there, check out the many comprehensive lessons available in all areas of photographic lighting.

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