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Monday, October 08, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: Simple Corporate Portraits

In this video, Pro Showcase photographer Jay P. Morgan walks you through his approach to shooting corporate portraits on location. From controlled lighting approaches to time management to bringing along an extra blue tie, Jay P. offers up valuable seasoned advice on what can otherwise be a very stressful undertaking!     To learn more about the Photoflex equipment shown in this video, click on the following links:   Large MultiDome Large Grids Small OctoDome Small OctoDome Grids ADW 45" Umbrella   To see more of Jay P. Morgans' work, check out his Pro Showcase page    

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Photokina 2012

Photokina 2012 marks Photoflex's biggest tradeshow presence ever! The 6-day event gave us a great turnout and we were able to meet with photographers, distributors and enthusiasts from all over the world and talk shop through to the wee hours of the night.  It's the biggest photography trade show in the world, a tour-de-force so big that it can only happen once every two years.   Below are some shots from our booth, where we displayed our product line and held live shooting demos with models using various lighting kits.  Pro Showcase photographer Jade Hannah from Sweden...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: Using Continuous Light and Strobes Together

Pro Showcase photographer Jay P. Morgan demonstrates how to mix different light sources for a stylized effect.     In this post, you'll see how I used strobes and a continuous light source together on set to create an interesting portrait.  I wanted to take some wonderful images of Rebecca Grant on a small set that represented a back stage make-up area.  To accomplish this, I used a combination of continuous lights and strobes.  I wanted to create a shaft of light in the image for dramatic effect.  A shaft of light cannot be seen...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective: A Lighting Tutorial! By Jay P. Morgan

The lens or Focal length of the lens you choose has a profound impact on the image. It effects the perspective, background, and features of the subject. Everyone should understand what the different focal lengths do to the human face and how they change the background. Why do you choose a 135 mm lens to shoot a head shot of a beautiful woman but use a 24mm to shoot a clown? Keeping the head the same size in the frame and changing the focal length of the lens, I shot a series of images that demonstrate how focal length effects the...

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Friday, August 03, 2012

Laura Tillinghast: A Multi-Talented Go-Getter

In addition to shooting stunning portraiture and conducting first rate lighting workshops, Pro Showcase Laura Tillinghast is also a pretty good baker.  We know this because she just sent us a box of her delicious homemade cookies this week.  "I love to bake and do a lot of it when I am not shooting," she admits.  We size her up as a "pretty good" baker because clearly, she doesn't have a lot of down time with her photography. In early June of this year, we discovered Laura's work in Profesional Photographer magazine and the fact...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jay P Morgan: Urban Skateboarder Portrait, Part 2

This is the second in a two-part lesson that explores shooting action in a dark alleyway. Click here to see the first part. Adding Light to the Skateboarder's Face The next step was to brighten up the face of the skateboarder slightly. I added a StarFlash 300w with a 20˚ grid attached to focus light onto his face. Positioned at eye level, this strobe would project a beam of light and brighten just his face, nothing else. I didn't want the trashcan or his clothing to be any brighter than how much the umbrella light was already providing, but...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tim Snow: LOL! Lighting On Location

I blame McNally. Arias too. Throw Hobby in with the bunch. They make this stuff look easy. Them and hundreds of others. They have pushed me in my photography, in my lighting. They don’t know it, we have never met, but maybe one day we will over a tea and I will gush like a little kid. They are in the trenches and they get dirty to make their pictures. Their photographs resonate, they bleed soul. They are honest. Real. I stare at their photographs in awe, hoping that one day I may be on the same level. ...

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Jay P Morgan: Urban Skateboarder Portrait, Part I

In coming up for concept for this lesson, I was excited to shoot an action skateboard shot with a skater jumping a trashcan. I had shot a group of skaters for stock the week prior, but had not loved the location. It was cool and all, but I wanted something a bit more intense. During the time I was thinking about the location, I saw the movie "Max Payne". I felt that the sets and "film noir" look-and-feel of the film were much stronger than the actual film. I loved the alleys that they shot in and decided to shoot...

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Ian Spanier: Limited Equipment, Group Shots and Dinosaur Mosquitoes

This past May, I got the call from MTV to go to St. Thomas to photograph the cast of season 27 (amazing it’s been on that long huh?!?) of the original reality series, MTV’s The Real World. Head to St. Thomas in May? AWESOME! What a way to get the summer started right? Not so fast… Challenge Numero Uno Since we’d be traveling out of the country, we’d of course be facing airline limitations and baggage fees, coupled with the fact that this season’s house was located not on St....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shooting Fireworks

Shooting a fireworks show may seem like a big challenge, but it doesn't have to be.  With the right gear and techniques, you can come away with some great stills and video.  Here's a few tips you can use for this 4th of July. Finding the Right Shooting Spot The first thing to consider is where you will be in relation to where the fireworks will be going off.  To set your shots apart from the crowd, search for a spot that provides a unique angle, or has other interesting elements aside from just the...

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