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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Photoflex Lighting School: New year, new lesson!

We are ringing in the new year with a new lighting lesson. In this comprehensive tutorial from photographer George Wilson, we explore butterfly lighting and how to create this signature look outdoors. 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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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Year in Review; Some of the best photos of 2015

2015 has been a fantastic year for photography. In this post we will highlight some of our favorite photo series and events from the year. Hopefully 2016 will bring even more creativity and exploration in the photography community.  1. Rolling Stone's Best Photos of 2015 2. A Man and His Dog Explore Abandoned Places Across Europe 3. Diana Kim Photographs the Homeless in Hawaii and Finds Her Father 4. Breathtaking Black-And-White Self-Portraits By Noell Osvald 5. The Best GoPro Camera Shots of 2015

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

George Wilson: The Black and White Landscape - Palmetto Prairie

Black and White photography is my roots. It is where I first cut my photographic teeth with plus-x and tri-x films. Later on it was the extremely fine grain TMax film. Black and white is also my first darkroom experience. I remember exposing the paper and then gently coaxing each image out by agitating the developing tray slightly. I can only compare it to watching something approach on a foggy day. There is a point at which all is suddenly sharp and clear. Digital imaging still allows me to use black and white. Selecting monochrome and using colored contrast filters...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

From roadie to band photographer, the music photography of Scott Uchida

Please tell us about your start. What got you interested in photography? I actually got my first camera from my grandfather when I was 10 years old. My grandfather was a post WWII photographer in the Japanese community who photographed mainly portraits in traditional Japanese clothing. I used to go to my grandparents' home on the weekends and I would go out with him on his shoots. In the end, I really enjoyed watching him work and learning from him. What led you to photographing professional musicians? After high school, I was asked to be a guitar tech (roadie) for a...

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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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