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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Photoflex Lighting School: New lesson on simple lighting for outdoor portraits

We are very excited to unveil our newest lighting lesson from Light Leader Steve Kurtz on simple lighting for outdoor portraits. In this lesson, Steve uses a simple one-light approach to create a beautiful outdoor portrait of his subjects. His addition of a strobe creates flattering lighting in a controlled and simple manner. See the full lesson here for all the details.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ginny Dixon: Using Strip Lights for Dramatic Portraits

I'm Light Leader Ginny Dixon and I work as a professional photographer and an instructor at Miami Ad School in Wynwood, the art district in Miami, Florida. I shoot a lot of portrait work  and the Photoflex HalfDome (strip lights) are my favorite light modifiers because I love the contrast they create and how they wrap light while keeping it very contained and directional. I usually start portrait sessions with two HalfDomes placed in the 2 o’clock and 7 o’clock positions. This is just a technique I’ve come up with after spending many years...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

George Wilson: 7 Tips for Shooting Striking Environmental Portraits

My roots in photography are in editorial (newspaper) work. A genre, where environmental portraits for story or feature photographs are quite common. In the portrait photographer’s vernacular, these are often referred to as location portraits. This style relies on the person's surroundings to tell much of the story. Much more than can be told by a simple head and shoulders image. The goal of the environmental portrait is to create a mood that contributes to an understanding of that person. Sometimes this environment is directly connected to who they are. The location could be a home, a...

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Photoflex Lighting School: New lesson on shooting dynamic head shots

We are excited to announce a new lighting lssson from Light Leader Kristina Sherk on shooting dynamic head shots with sparkling eyes. There are many ways that you can create catch lights for a unique look. In this tutorial, Kristina walks us thorugh two of her easy, go-to lighting set-ups that her clients love. See the entire lesson here and while you are there, check out the many comprehensive lessons available on a variety of photographic lighting topics.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Perfecting the White Background

Recently Jay P Morgan of The Slanted Lens took on the challenge of photographing 40 dentists in 10 hours on a sparkling white background. How is the perfect white background achieved and how did Jay P get the job done in such a short amount of time? He used years of lighting knowledge and lots of Photoflex modifiers. Check out the video below to see how it all came together. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Photoflex Lighting School: Announcing Three Exciting New Lighting Lessons

We are excited to announce three shiny new lighting lessons from three of our most prolific Light Leaders. From classic lighting in B&W to shooting dramtic portraits on location, we have a lot for you to learn with these brand new lessons. Destination wedding images are dramtic by design. In this lighting lesson that includes a bonus video, wedding photographer Noel Del Pilar illustrates how to change the mood of an image by competing with the strong light of the sun to create memorable portraits. In this lighting lesson with bonus video, Light Leader Ian Spanier demonstrates when...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Laura Tillinghast: Using ShoeMount Flash for Success in Bad Weather

It happens to us all. The day of your outdoor photo shoot comes and the weather is gloomy with clouds filling the sky. While rescheduling is always an option, if you are able to save the day, you will not only impress your clients, but also prove to yourself that you can succeed under difficult conditions. The week leading up to the shoot had been sunny with lovely weather but the day of my assignment, the sky was overcast and grey. In the example below, you can see in middle photograph that the natural light was even but very flat....

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

George Wilson: Sunrise at Collins Landing, Eastham on Cape Cod

Eastham is on Cape Cod, a place where a major portion of my youth (and adult life) was spent. Today I still return there, to my family home, to the beaches, and to my favorite haunts. There is a lifestyle that is quintessentially “Cape Cod.” Patti Page sang it in her song, “Old Cape Cod,” and Henry Beston said it in in his book, The Outermost House. (I firmly believe this should be required reading for anyone having been to or planning a trip to the Cape). I was maybe ten years old when we made...

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

From animal lover to award-winning shooter; the portrait photography of Amiee Stubbs

How long have you been a photographer and what led you to pet photography? I started working in a darkroom when I was 10 years old. When I was a little older, I worked in a portrait studio for about seven years in the 90s. However, I didn't decide to make it my career until I went back to school and graduated in 2012 with a photography degree. My husband and I have six dogs at home and we’re both active in animal rescue. My love for animals and extensive knowledge of animal behavior made pet photography a perfect...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ryan Bensheimer: Portrait mapping & gaining consistency in professional portraits

It is vital for a professional photographer to be consistent in style and we embody this at Ideal Impressions Photography. Our ability to do so is the reason that our clients return to us again and again, despite the fact that we employ seventeen photographers who shoot in different locations with varying light conditions. We are not alone in recognizing that clients value a consistent style. Many photographers prefer to shoot an entire company at one time so that their patterns don’t change. However, photographers don’t have to accept this limitation. I would like to explain...

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