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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kevin Kubota - Profile and Gallery

Photographer Kevin Kubota is a contributing lesson writer to www.photoflexlightingschool.com and a featured Photoflex Showcase Photographer.   Kevin is a great photographer, but most people know him through his computer software products, seminars and books. His strong passion for sharing knowledge seems to be inexhaustible. The guy is obsessed with explaining techniques, and he does it so well. Just drop by www.photoflexlightingschool.com to see his lesson about how to photograph a rock band. His recently released book, “Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook”, delivers easy-to-follow setups for 101 interesting shots. It’s a roadmap...

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Friday, November 04, 2011

The Simplest Lighting in the World - Nov. 4, 2011

Is there really such a thing as the “simplest lighting in the world?” Yes, there is. It has many names, but I’ll call it SOFT SIDE LIGHTING (SSL) for the purpose of this lesson. SSL is very plentiful. Of course direct sun is even more plentiful, but SSL is much more attractive. You can find SSL very easily, or you can make it with diffusion material using a LitePanel or a SoftBox, and the results will be wonderful. Let’s begin by showing how to find and use SSL outdoors. The photo below is a...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Beyond the Family Photo

Beyond the Family Photograph – Finding Inspiration If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably the designated family photographer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a hobbyist, you’re the person with the best camera. Everyone relies upon you to make them look good and document all the important events. It can be a drag to view life through an LCD screen. Sometimes I grab a ‘reverse angle’ at a family event, just to document how we experience our lives through our cameras. This started me thinking about...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Which Lens is Best?

Question: Which lens is best? Answer: The one that allows you to complete the vision you have for your specific subject. (Photo below taken with: Nikon D-300 w/Nikon 70-300mm lens) That answer may sound evasive, but it’s true. There are great lenses out there that you may never need because they don’t lend themselves to your type of work. My advice: Figure out what focal lengths you need and get the very best quality lenses you can afford for those specific subjects. Photographers don’t create images from thin air with our cameras,...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Shooting Tips: Night Carnivals and Fairs

Grab your camera. Let's go to the fair! We received a few questions about the night photo in the previous blog entitled Gathering Photo Assets, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about carnivals and night photography in general. There are few places that have the color and action of a carnival or boardwalk. In the daytime those places appear cluttered and chaotic, but at dusk and sunset the sky gets darker and the lights start to come alive. For about 45 minutes it’s possible to get some great shots by ‘tracking’...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

SHOOTING TIPS: Gathering Photo Assets

When you’re building anything, whether it’s a house or a photo album, you’ll be using components. For the house project, you’ll go to the lumberyard, the hardware store, the garden supply store and many other places to get objects that seem unrelated until they’re assembled. In this blog we’ll show you how that same approach works well for creating individual photos and photo albums. In the following photo Lauren and Katie are sitting in a stationary bumper car at a county fair. I yelled, “Look like you...

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Shooting Tips: Camera Height

Today we’re talking about camera height. We spend a lot of time and money acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and learning how to use it, and that’s a good thing, but ‘gear-quest’ can get in the way of exploring other avenues of creativity. One of my favorite approaches to developing interesting images is to change the POV (point of view). By this I mean raising or lowering your camera angle drastically. This altered POV will yield a more diverse crop of images from a session, and you’ll end up with some real gems. The...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Featured Pros Part 4 John Beckett

With over 30 years of experience, John Beckett has shot it all. Art directors that have been in the business for a while will know Beckett for his celebrity portrait work, but others will be familiar with his many high profile fashion assignments. People in the beverage industry know him for his many beer ads. New art directors think John is an editorial or product shooter. The real truth is, he's a generalist with the ability to produce under many different situations. Five years ago John partnered with Julie Koeth, one of Arizona’s most sought after makeup artists,...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Photoflex Featured Pros Pt. 2 - September 2011

Our second featured pro for September is Puerto Rico based wedding and portrait photographer Noel del Pilar! Noel del Pilar is known for his modern destination wedding photography that is striking and creative in a field where continuing to push originality is not only difficult, but uncommon. We recently spoke with Noel about his past, present, and future in the business of capturing the moment on one of the most import days of his clients' lives. Photoflex: What made you become a photographer Noel? Noel: Since I can remember as a child I had camera like a Kodak Brownie, Polaroid...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Contributor- Michael White & Chiaroscuro Lighting

Hey everyone, Let me introduce you to Michael White, a photographer from Campbell, CA. I first met Michael when he attended a lighting class of mine. He was a standout student and went on to begin a serious self guided study program that has lead him down many interesting paths. He plans his shoots with care, searching out locations and models, to create challenges for himself. Many of his sessions are designed to explore techniques of his favorite photographers. I hope we hear more from him. - Jeffery Luhn Chiaroscuro Chiaroscuro ("light-dark") in art is characterized by strong contrasts between...

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