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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Gary Irving: Edgy Composites with Precise Lighting

  Photographer Gary Irving loves to create outlandish, impossible scenes that set the stage for fantastical interpretations of imagined realities. His artistic career has been feathered with all sorts of influences. He’s painted custom designs on motorcycles and cars, made a movie, photographed motocross, and started shooting panoramic landscapes. Then he came across the photography of Joel Grimes and that changed everything. “I took a lighting class with Joel and learned how he did his work,” Irving explains. “I changed my whole process. With landscapes, I realized that anybody could just go and shoot that...

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Simplifying Family Portraits

The holidays are right around the corner so this is a great time to perfect your lighting skills for shooting groups and families. From holiday cards to heartwarming gifts, this is the time of year to create memories that your clients will cherish for years to come.There are many ways to approach family portraiture but in this article we will focus on three quick and easy set-ups for lighting success. All three approaches have one thing in common; keep it simple. Constant Lighting The main benefit of using constant lighting is the freedom to see exactly what the light...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Scott Uchida: Images of a Rock Star

I always jump at the opportunity to take portraits of Andy Biersack from the Black Veil Brides. He is an absolute pro and basically the definition of a “rockstar”.  I got a call from Andy about doing a quick shoot for his Signature Revelation sunglasses made by Initium Eyewear. However, I was on tour with Slash at the time so I informed him that I would be home in 4 weeks and could do it then. He agreed to wait and the two of us would come up with a concept together. Knowing that he wanted something that...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

From horse lover to equestrian photographer: the portrait photography of Shelley Paulson

Please tell us about your start. What got you interested in photography? About 13 years ago, I was working as the communications director for a large construction company. Part of my job was photographing our projects for a yearly calendar. I had a basic film camera, which I mostly took bad photos with. I left that job to freelance full time as a web and print designer. I was finding that most of my clients had photography needs as well, so I bought the very first Canon Digital Rebel. Because I could instantly see my photos, and easily edit them, I...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

George Wilson: Creating a true black background with the FlexFlash 200W

The best light to work with is the light that you have available. On location this of course means ambient light. It also means any flash or hot light you may have in your bag or equipment closet. My dog has been a model for me for the past eleven years. I have chronicled her life and personality through a series of still images. Her name is Jazz and she is a beagle. I do not know if she actually realizes that she is being photographed, only that participation yields small delectable morsels during the entire process. To start I...

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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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