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Monday, January 21, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: Creating Bokeh

For this lesson, photographer Jay P. Morgan was in New York City shooting in Times Square. He wanted to explore shooting bokeh with all the intense lighting of Times Square. The term "bokeh" is Japanese and means "blur" or "haze". Here, Morgan takes a look at different lenses and aperture settings to see how they create this cinematic look. Different lenses create different patterns and you'll see how a 200mm lens compares to that of a 50mm lens.   Bokeh Tests Before heading out to Times Square, Morgan first did some bokeh tests indoors with Christmas lights. With Christmas...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Jay P. Morgan: A Breakdown on LitePanel Reflectors

In this LiteBlog post, Jay P. Morgan reviews the basics of reflectors and demonstrates their effects on location.  This is a basic look at how reflectors work and the practical applications for each of the reflective fabrics.  For the beginning photographer, using a reflector is an easy way to start to modify light and learn where to place the light source in relationship to your subject.  Using reflectors and becoming good at placing them will teach you how to place strobes.  Good light placement is the same for both strobes and reflectors, but easier to see...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Blair Bunting: A Rugby Shoot in the Wee Hours

Using the TritonFlash™ I'm a commercial photographer who specializes in shooting portraits and cars, and I've been a huge fan of Photoflex® lighting modifiers for years. The rugged, textured images I am known for are due in large part to the quality of light that I get with the Photoflex® OctoDome® series, primarily the medium and small. For this shoot, I was eager to try out my first real experience with Photoflex® electronics in the TritonFlash™. I had read the specs and descriptions of what the product could do and I was...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Special Holiday Pricing!

Lighting shouldn’t be complicated. Make it easy with Photoflex® Holiday Specials! The holidays are here and it's time to get together with friends and family for celebrations and photos. This year Photoflex® is making it easier for you to take memorable photos with special promotional pricing on many of our most popular lighting kits and individual items. THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES WE'VE EVER OFFERED ON THESE ITEMS! Don't delay because qualities are limited. If you're just acquiring your first lighting equipment, the best place to start is with our small kits....

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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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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Photoflex Featured Pros- September 2011

We are kicking off September by honoring another globetrotting pro who now focuses his efforts on education- Scott Stulberg. Scott is most well known for his killer travel photography and many of his images are available as stock photos. His work has been used by Microsoft, Newsweek, and The New York Times, as well as for greeting cards, calendars, and book covers. If it's an amazing stock image, it is likely Scott's. We recently talked with Scott about his more recent photographic endeavors and what he is doing to improve himself and those around him. Photoflex: Scott, how...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Home Studio Part 2

Window light and a LiteDisc reflector. In the previous blog, “Creating a Home Studio Part 1”, I described the basic elements that comprise a “studio” and went on to list some lighting scenarios. In this installment, and those to come, we’ll be covering some more detailed approaches to making your home studio work for you. As I pointed out in Part 1, WINDOW LIGHT portrait techniques supported working photographers from 1880-1925. Although that career may not be possible today, you can benefit from their approach and create wonderful images. It's not rocket science. The image...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Shape, Line, Texture

This weekend's photo challenge is "Shape, Line, Texture." Remember the rules... 2)Entries must be submitted to the Photoflex Weekend Challenge Flickr Group Pool. If you can't access the Flickr group (for whatever reason) feel free to post your entry on the Photoflex facebook Just make sure both your entry and your setup shot are posted. 3) One final entry per entrant. If an entrant enters more than one final image, all images will be discarded and the entrant disqualified until only one final image remains for submission. 4) Along with the actual entry, each entrant is required to submit a...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photoflex Pro Photographer- Brian McCarty

Last week Brian McCarty sent us his book "Art-Toys" to thank us for our support of his work which exhibits hundreds of his amazing photography that features -wait for it- toys. That's right. Toys. Toys? Yes. Toys. Photoflex Pro Photographer- Brian McCarty Brian McCarty was born July 22, 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee. He studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and the Benetton-supported, creative research centre Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. He received his BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 1996. McCarty is known for his unique and innovative still-life photography. His work fuses reality and...

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