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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jay P Morgan: 5 Lighting Setups for Your Home or Office Studio

    Today on the LiteBlog, Jay P Morgan shows us some simple lighting setups for a home or office studio, using affordable lights that cost under $300. For this demonstration, Jay P is using the FirstStudio Portrait Kit from Photoflex that offers the basics needed for some nice options in-studio. To get started Jay P set up a white seamless backdrop in his dining room to show how easy and achievable this setup is. Setup #1: One Light Key Setup For the first setup, Jay P set up one light with an umbrella as the key light on camera-right. You will...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Jon Haase: Solving food photography challenges with the Photoflex LiteIgloo

The Photoflex FirstStudio LiteIgloo is the photographer’s answer to almost all of food photography’s lighting challenges. How can you shoot on location and get even lighting when there are many overhead lights? How can you avoid having to carry multiple soft boxes to an on-location shoot?  How can you avoid harsh shadows and blown highlights? How can you keep from showing ugly backgrounds as you shoot from a lower angle to your subject?    I’ll show you how to use the Photoflex FirstStudio LiteIgloo to solve all of these issues by demonstrating...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

George Wilson: Portrait of a Parrot in Black and White.

Black and white imagery is the root of my photographic passion. Years ago, the darkroom was my second home where I patiently coaxed images from the paper and experimented with different mixtures and chemicals to increase contrast as well bring out hidden tonal values. Every print had a life of its own as it was conceived when the light was captured on a piece of Lucite, born in when the enlarger lit up and nurtured in the chemical baths. There has long been a saying and I have heard it from numerous people – color is for fashion, while Black...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Scott Trees: Photographing Horses with the 5-in1 MultiDisc Reflector

After 44 years of international shooting, I have learned to travel light when flying, and I try and have as much of my “must have” gear available to use the moment I land. This means I carry my camera bag on-board and what additional shooting accessories I need in my suitcase and/or in an additional equipment case. Photoflex LiteDiscs are compact and easy to pack in a suitcase and I don’t travel to any of my assignments, including my international sessions, without packing several of them.  I primarily utilize natural light in my work and...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JP Morgan: Using a Motivated Key Light

A few months ago, Jay P Morgan did a fantasy portrait with a woman holding an umbrella in the wind. While he was on this set, he took some time to shoot elements for another image. Check out how he brings a new fantasy image to life below. A few months ago, Jay P Morgan did a fantasy portrait with a woman holding an umbrella in the wind. While he was on this set, he took some time to shoot another image using the same set elements. Check out how he brings a new fantasy image to life. To get...

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jay P Morgan: Snoot Basics

Today Jay P Morgan answers the age-old question, “What is a snoot?” A snoot is a funny name for a piece of equipment that fits over a studio light or portable flash and allows the photographer to control the direction or area of coverage of the light. In film, black wraps are used to create snoots – basically black aluminum foil that can be formed into a funnel and molded to the light. So what is the area of coverage with a snoot? This is a hard question to answer since there are many different sizes from different...

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Monday, February 02, 2015

George Wilson: In search of the Dynamic Wildlife Image

For me, wildlife photography is a window into a world of animal behavior that few people understand. Fewer even take the time to enjoy and still fewer enjoy photographing wildlife. Over the years I have learned to create technically good images, but until I began to understand wildlife, those images were plain and devoid of “life”. Through the journey of the evolution of my photographic skills, I have learned something new almost every time I have ventured into the field. When working with wildlife, you must consider the following items: Shooting Angle: When photographing wildlife, the subject&rsquo...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Jay P Morgan: Understanding Grids

For this assignment Jay P Morgan shot at the YouTube Space for the first time. He was going for a film noir look so he experimented using grids and strobe heads. This article shows how Jay P used grids to his advantage and demonstrates how you can mix them with tungsten light. Grids are honeycomb metal inserts that fit inside of a strobe reflector. They restrict the area of light coverage and help give you more control. First, Jay P took a look at how the different sizes of grid light with a subject against a white wall. In the...

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bending Light: 7 Ways to Use the Photoflex 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector

Reflectors are a great way to add or subtract light in many different lighting scenarios. As a photographer myself, I always have at least one reflector at every shoot. With the 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector you have even more control over tricky lighting situations. This article will focus on 7 main ways you can manipulate light with reflection and diffusion to get the results you want. 1. White Reflection Let’s start with the most basic method of reflecting light, the white surface. White reflectors are very versatile and can come in handy with a variety of lighting challenges. Most often they...

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

George Wilson: Mastering White Balance

Photography is about light. I learned this years ago, when I began to capture images on film. I was careful then to observe the light and of course take notice of the light temperature. Film, darkroom chemicals and paper were expensive. I was on a budget, as I still am today. Technology has now come a long way from using either daylight or tungsten rated film with color correction filters. I have hung onto these and they reside in a small corner of my photo closet, mostly for nostalgic reasons. Technology has made some great advances in photography, but I...

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