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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Get in on the action and #ShareYourLighting!

It’s week seven of our #ShareYourLighting contest and so far we have awarded over $1,200 in prizes from Photoflex, ThinkTank, BayPhoto, ViewBug, MacPhun and more. Have you entered the contest yet? To enter the contest, all you need to do is share a behind-the-scenes image with hash tags #ShareYourLighting and #Photoflex (or tag @Photoflex). Alternatively, you can share a lighting diagram and results shot. We just want to see you lighting up the world, in your own unique way. Once posted, you will be instantly entered to win a weekly prize from Photoflex or one of our awesome contest...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

George Wilson: Determining the Guide Number for FlexFlash200W

When it comes to photography, I am a traditionalist. I use the modern DSLR, but mostly in manual mode (M) with an occasional foray into aperture priority (AP). For me, absolute control over my image dictates my use of a hand held analog meter; manual camera settings and manual flash settings. Yes, that’s correct, manual flash. I have only slightly ventured into the TTL options available. I myself am a firm believer that the nice people at Nikon (as well as Canon, Olympus and Sony) have not programmed the ability to think into our cameras or should I...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Scott Stulberg: Using a diffuser indoors

Indoor lamps can make a great light source for photographing people, but at times the light can be too bright and create too much contrast. On this occasion I wanted to photograph my friend Leah on our sofa and try some double exposures using layer masks. The large lamp over the sofa gave me some pretty nice light to work with as a key light. However, once I snapped a test shot, which you can see below, I realized that the lamp needed some diffusion to soften the light. I had my assistant Holly hold up the translucent panel of...

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mastering the Photoflex 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector

Shooting portraits outdoors can be a real challenge in the summertime. The available sunshine and longer days allow you to work in the elements but they don’t always cooperate. In this article we will explore a few of the ways that the 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector can help solve summertime’s lighting challenges. During the middle of the day, overhead sunlight can be too bright and create unflattering shadows under the nose and brows. One way to combat this is to shoot in open shade. However, shooting in a shady area can sometimes result in flat looking exposures...

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Photoflex Lighting School: New Lesson Available on 3-Point Studio Lighting

In this video lighting lesson, Pro Showcase photographer Andrew Foord shows us his 3-point setup to create dynamic portraits in studio. 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, September 01, 2015

Scott Uchida: Quick Portraits for a Best Selling Author

Equipment OctoDome: Small w/Grid HalfDome: Small Getting to shoot a Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, Grammy winning artist and New York Times best selling author (for his second book “How To Be A Man”) is always a challenge. To be honest, it was a rather quick shoot, and Duff McKagan is a photographer’s dream. We had just completed a much larger scale shoot a couple days earlier, and I personally liked the images. But, it really wasn’t the vibe Duff was looking for with the book (had a very “hard rock...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

George Wilson: Contrast Filters for Black and White Portrait Photography

Black and white (monochrome) is about contrast. In the late 1970’s I first picked up an SLR, and this formed the basis of my understanding and my methodology. This basic understanding carries through to my work today. Black and white imaging needs contrasts to help the tonal values of various greys to give depth to an image. The first contrast is in focusing. I use a wide aperture to create a field of focused to un-focused areas of the frame.  The second contrast is light to dark. Here I try to place subjects of different tonal values against...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

From Pro Player to Pro Shooter; the Sports Photography of David Liam Kyle

Please tell us about your start. What got you interested in photography? I was playing professional basketball in the Netherlands, and some of my teammates were very interested in photography, especially Jim Woudstra. During a week-long basketball tournament in London, Jim invited me to go with him one evening to shoot London cityscapes at night. After that, I was hooked. Once we returned to Holland, I purchased a rangefinder camera, and we started going to different towns photographing people, places and moments in time. What led you to photographing professional sports?  My first photography position was a staff photographer...

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Share your lighting for a chance to win great prizes!

At Photoflex, we love to see photographers in action and get excited about all things photography. We love seeing your work so much that we are giving away a prize a week, just for being you. On your next photo shoot, post a behind-the-scenes photo with hash tag #ShareYourLighting and instantly be entered to win a fabulous prize from Photoflex or one of our esteemed sponsors. Be sure to tag @Photoflex so that we see your entry. You do not need to using Photoflex gear to be eligible. All lighting is welcome. A new winner will be announced every Monday...

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Falcon: Learning to Light; the Advantages of Lighting Space Rather Than Your Subject

One of the most common questions we get goes something like this: “I thought using a flash was supposed to help me get great images in low light. Instead, the flash created more problems that it solved. What’s up with that?” However instinctive it has become to point a flash at whatever we are photographing, or using an on-camera pop-up, doing so can actually make lighting problems worse. An “off camera” flash helps, but it doesn’t fix all problems in low light. Why? There are a number of reasons. To begin with,...

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