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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Dan Bailey: The Alaskan Studio

Yesterday we had more snow and single digit temperatures here in Anchorage, Alaska. And with calm winds during the past few days, all the snow that fell last week was still stuck to the all the trees. Basically, it’s winter wonderland up here in Alaska right now, especially since we’re about the only place in the country with any snow. Perfect conditions for outdoor photography! Of course, the lighting conditions of reduced winter sunlight and overcast skies aren’t exactly ideal for outside portraits, so I decided to bring along the TritonFlash™ to throw...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Blair Bunting: A Rugby Shoot in the Wee Hours

Using the TritonFlash™ I'm a commercial photographer who specializes in shooting portraits and cars, and I've been a huge fan of Photoflex® lighting modifiers for years. The rugged, textured images I am known for are due in large part to the quality of light that I get with the Photoflex® OctoDome® series, primarily the medium and small. For this shoot, I was eager to try out my first real experience with Photoflex® electronics in the TritonFlash™. I had read the specs and descriptions of what the product could do and I was...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Craig Pulsifer: The Barley Station

At first glance, I wasn’t sure if the guy in the tattered Harley jacket would flip me the bird or laugh like St. Nick. His sunken eyes shone bright with mischief beneath a hedge of jet-black eyebrows, themselves contrasted by a great silver mane of hair and beard that ringed his face. I was soon to discover the many faces of 63-year old Larry Barker. Advance Reconnaissance The gig was a combination product/portrait for the Barley Station Brewpub featuring a pint of their most popular pilsner, outtakes of which I hoped might also fit my portfolio. The...

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Game Changer

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Friday, December 02, 2011

White Balance - Why Should I Care?

White balance refers to the color of the main light source and how it renders the overall color accuracy of the photograph. If you’re unhappy with some of your images because they seem too orange/yellow or cyan/blue, this mini lesson will help you. The concept of needing to change a camera setting to obtain proper color balance in a photo is difficult for many amateur photographers to understand. You may ask, “Why bother with the camera controls or colored gels if colors look okay to me when I view the scene in real life?” ...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

High-Key Portraiture. A brief overview.

This blog describes the main elements that comprise high-key portraiture. We’ll cover low-key lighting in a future blog. The terms High-Key and Low-Key have been used (and misused) by photographers for decades. The differences between the two styles are obvious when they are placed side-by-side, as in the two shots below of jazz pianist Preston Brahm. The photo on the left has many of traditional elements that bring the shot into the category of high-key. We describe those at length below. The low-key photo on the right is the opposite of high key in many respects: Dark background,...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Special Holiday Pricing!

Lighting shouldn’t be complicated. Make it easy with Photoflex® Holiday Specials! The holidays are here and it's time to get together with friends and family for celebrations and photos. This year Photoflex® is making it easier for you to take memorable photos with special promotional pricing on many of our most popular lighting kits and individual items. THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES WE'VE EVER OFFERED ON THESE ITEMS! Don't delay because qualities are limited. If you're just acquiring your first lighting equipment, the best place to start is with our small kits....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kevin Kubota - Profile and Gallery

Photographer Kevin Kubota is a contributing lesson writer to www.photoflexlightingschool.com and a featured Photoflex Showcase Photographer.   Kevin is a great photographer, but most people know him through his computer software products, seminars and books. His strong passion for sharing knowledge seems to be inexhaustible. The guy is obsessed with explaining techniques, and he does it so well. Just drop by www.photoflexlightingschool.com to see his lesson about how to photograph a rock band. His recently released book, “Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook”, delivers easy-to-follow setups for 101 interesting shots. It’s a roadmap...

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Friday, November 04, 2011

The Simplest Lighting in the World - Nov. 4, 2011

Is there really such a thing as the “simplest lighting in the world?” Yes, there is. It has many names, but I’ll call it SOFT SIDE LIGHTING (SSL) for the purpose of this lesson. SSL is very plentiful. Of course direct sun is even more plentiful, but SSL is much more attractive. You can find SSL very easily, or you can make it with diffusion material using a LitePanel or a SoftBox, and the results will be wonderful. Let’s begin by showing how to find and use SSL outdoors. The photo below is a...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Beyond the Family Photo

Beyond the Family Photograph – Finding Inspiration If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably the designated family photographer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a hobbyist, you’re the person with the best camera. Everyone relies upon you to make them look good and document all the important events. It can be a drag to view life through an LCD screen. Sometimes I grab a ‘reverse angle’ at a family event, just to document how we experience our lives through our cameras. This started me thinking about...

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