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LiteBlog Archive - P20--01

 

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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Working With Constant Lighting

Continuous lighting (also known as constant lighting) has been a photography mainstay since the beginning of the industry. With what-you-see-is-what-you-get results, constant light sources are convenient and easy to use. In this article we explore the Legacy StarLite 3200 in a variety of lighting scenarios to illustrate how it performs. It's important to note that this is the first version StarLite, prior to 2007. This model does not have the quick-release function to remove the softbox connector. Rather it uses a manual set pin on the top of the unit. It also uses a wing handle swivel, unlike the new...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Improving Macro Photography with Photoflex LiteDiscs

When shooting a wildlife image outdoors, an abundance or lack of sunshine can be a challenge to work with in terms of highlights, shadows, contrast and detail. Photoflex LiteDiscs offer a variety of surfaces and are easy to work with to solve many of these challenges. Often it is convenient to shoot outdoors during the mid afternoon, however, at this time of day, sunlight tends to be directly overhead and way too bright. This harsh overhead sunlight results in distracting shadows and highlights as well as and an overall lack of detail and texture due to the increase in contrast....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FlexFlash 200W: The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

  When it comes to a photographer’s bag of tricks, versatility is key. Many factors come together to make a great photo possible and at times these factors can be obstacles. From unexpected weather to equipment failure, it is important to be prepared for any scenario. The FlexFlash 200W monobloc strobe is one of the most versatile lights on the market today. This lightweight strobe is powerful enough to give you a wide range of lighting options without taking up too much space in your kit. Winner of Professional Photographer’s Hot One award in 2014, this little...

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Monday, July 06, 2015

George Wilson: Mastering White Balance, Part 2

Recently I covered the basics of white balance in an article that focused on achieving accurate color in your images.  This is certainly the most important aspect of white balance in today’s DSLR’s. Just as we strive for accurate color representation, there may also be times that we wish to alter the colorcast to help create a mood, feeling or perception. Remember, light has color because light has an associated temperature. Different types of photographs and different photographers express moods and feelings differently. If you were to assemble 10 photographers in a room, you just might...

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Scott Trees: Photographing Horses With The Help Of Diffusion

For the variety of subjects I shoot, I generally prefer a soft light. However, it is not unusual that the time demands during an assignment dictate that I shoot with a higher and brighter light than I prefer. It then becomes essential to have the capability to place a diffusion screen between the light source and my subject, which for me is most often the sun.  When I need that sort of diffusion the Photoflex 52” Translucent LiteDisc is a convenient and easy-to-use solution.  It is a good size for a variety of subjects, can be mounted on...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jay P Morgan: 5 Lighting Setups for Your Home or Office Studio

    Today on the LiteBlog, Jay P Morgan shows us some simple lighting setups for a home or office studio, using affordable lights that cost under $300. For this demonstration, Jay P is using the FirstStudio Portrait Kit from Photoflex that offers the basics needed for some nice options in-studio. To get started Jay P set up a white seamless backdrop in his dining room to show how easy and achievable this setup is. Setup #1: One Light Key Setup For the first setup, Jay P set up one light with an umbrella as the key light on camera-right. You will...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Jon Haase: Solving food photography challenges with the Photoflex LiteIgloo

The Photoflex FirstStudio LiteIgloo is the photographer’s answer to almost all of food photography’s lighting challenges. How can you shoot on location and get even lighting when there are many overhead lights? How can you avoid having to carry multiple soft boxes to an on-location shoot?  How can you avoid harsh shadows and blown highlights? How can you keep from showing ugly backgrounds as you shoot from a lower angle to your subject?    I’ll show you how to use the Photoflex FirstStudio LiteIgloo to solve all of these issues by demonstrating...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

George Wilson: Portrait of a Parrot in Black and White.

Black and white imagery is the root of my photographic passion. Years ago, the darkroom was my second home where I patiently coaxed images from the paper and experimented with different mixtures and chemicals to increase contrast as well bring out hidden tonal values. Every print had a life of its own as it was conceived when the light was captured on a piece of Lucite, born in when the enlarger lit up and nurtured in the chemical baths. There has long been a saying and I have heard it from numerous people – color is for fashion, while Black...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Scott Trees: Photographing Horses with the 5-in1 MultiDisc Reflector

After 44 years of international shooting, I have learned to travel light when flying, and I try and have as much of my “must have” gear available to use the moment I land. This means I carry my camera bag on-board and what additional shooting accessories I need in my suitcase and/or in an additional equipment case. Photoflex LiteDiscs are compact and easy to pack in a suitcase and I don’t travel to any of my assignments, including my international sessions, without packing several of them.  I primarily utilize natural light in my work and...

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