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Outdoor Portrait

As seasoned photographers well know, the sun can provide beautiful light for outdoor portraits. At other times, however, they also know that it can be mercilessly severe! These lessons examine not only the best times and angles to shoot with the sun, but also how to enhance and modify its quality of light for optimal results.

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part III

If you have followed the last two NASCAR lighting lessons here on Photoflex Lighting School, you have seen how photographer Ian Spanier faced the challenges shooting at such an event.... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part II

In his previous lesson, Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard, Ian Spanier details how getting thrown into the chaotic frenzy of a NASCAR infield on the weekend of a major... Continue Reading...

 

A Skatepark Portrait Bonus Video Included

Portland, Oregon photographer Bryce Kanights has been a professional action sports photographer for the past 25 years. His work primarily involves action photography and environmental portraiture. With this shoot, he set... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard

When approaching shoots, I press for as much information about the shoot as I can. Seems easy enough, right? Life is not always so simple. I got an assignment to... Continue Reading...

 

Balancing Sunlight Naturally

Making The Lit Look Unlit Photographers just starting out with lighting equipment can make the mistake of showing too much in their work: it's generally easy to spot when... Continue Reading...

 

Conquering a Mountain of an Assignment Bonus Video Included

Recently, commercial photographer Ian Spanier was commissioned to shoot a group of competitors at a grueling Spartan Race. Though the obstacles of such an event are formidable, Ian had his... Continue Reading...

 

Photographing Cyclocross with the TritonFlash Bonus Video Included

Off-camera flashes and strobes offer powerful creative options and they solve contrast problems when shooting in difficult conditions, such as in the forest. In fact, pro sports and action photographers... Continue Reading...

 

Fashion Lighting with a Single Reflector Bonus Video Included

  My name is Jeff Rojas and I'm a professional photographer. But I'm also a small business owner, an entrepreneur. It's my responsibility to make smart investments.... Continue Reading...

 

Action on Location: Pro Lighting that’s so Portable! Bonus Video Included

  In this lesson, Canadian photographer Trevor Sherwin demonstrates some straightforward techniques in capturing stunning action shots on location. In the behind-the-scenes video, Trevor discusses the merits of the Photoflex... Continue Reading...

Flash - Shoe Mount/Speedlight

 

Leading the Cheer with Photoflex Gear! Bonus Video Included

Recently, Pro Showcase Photographers Alycia White and Benjamin Edwards teamed up to produce a lesson and video on some simple-yet-powerful indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.  Alycia shot indoors, while... Continue Reading...

 

A Starry Night Portrait

Locations can often inspire creative photographs. The obvious examples are ancient sites and breathtaking landscapes, which tend to overshadow easily accessible urban scenes. As photographers David Cross and Jeffery Luhn... Continue Reading...

 

Urban Portrait with the OctoDome nxt: extra small

Photoflex Lighting School is pleased to welcome Vered Koshlano as a guest contributor! This lesson features an outdoor portrait of a male model. Learn about lighting techniques and posing options... Continue Reading...

 

Techniques for Softer Fill Flash

When shooting portraits outdoors, it's often necessary to control or modify the natural light in order to achieve the most flattering results. In a high contrast, outdoor lighting situation,... Continue Reading...

 

Soft Light in the Middle of the Day

Many photographers prefer to shoot outdoor portraits either at dawn or at dusk to take advantage of the "magic light" that occurs during those times. But what if your schedule ... Continue Reading...

 

Shooting Beach Portraits at Dawn

    Before you go to shoot that early morning outdoor portrait, make sure to have that checklist with you: Coffee. ✓ Camera. ✓ Telephoto lens. ✓ Supplemental portable lighting gear to make... Continue Reading...

 

Enhancing Dusk Light In Outdoor Portraiture

  Photographers all know that the most magical time of day to shoot anything outdoors is either dawn or dusk. The sun sits low in the sky, which makes for... Continue Reading...

 

OutDoor Portraits with the 3’ OctoDome® Kit

Want to bring that soft studio light outdoors, but don't have a long enough extension cord? Not to worry. With a ShoeMount flash, remote triggers and the new Photoflex... Continue Reading...

 

Simple Vacation Portrait Tricks

If you're like most people who work for a living, you look forward to the one or two weeks of the year when you get to go on vacation.... Continue Reading...

 

Simple Portable Lighting On Location

For most people, the term "photographic lighting equipment" tends to conjure up visions of complicated setups involving light stands, sand bags, electrical cables, etc. And while lighting can get quite... Continue Reading...

 

Improving Action Shots with Portable Lighting

When you think of sports photography, lighting equipment most likely doesn't enter the picture, does it? After all, most photographers that work with lighting equipment use it to shoot... Continue Reading...

 

Mobile Lighting for Outdoor Portraits

So you want to take dynamic portraits outdoors but you don't want it to be a huge production with a lot of lighting gear, assistants, etc. Not a problem. ... Continue Reading...

Flash - Portable Strobe

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part III

If you have followed the last two NASCAR lighting lessons here on Photoflex Lighting School, you have seen how photographer Ian Spanier faced the challenges shooting at such an event.... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard: Part II

In his previous lesson, Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard, Ian Spanier details how getting thrown into the chaotic frenzy of a NASCAR infield on the weekend of a major... Continue Reading...

 

A Skatepark Portrait Bonus Video Included

Portland, Oregon photographer Bryce Kanights has been a professional action sports photographer for the past 25 years. His work primarily involves action photography and environmental portraiture. With this shoot, he set... Continue Reading...

 

Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard

When approaching shoots, I press for as much information about the shoot as I can. Seems easy enough, right? Life is not always so simple. I got an assignment to... Continue Reading...

 

Balancing Sunlight Naturally

Making The Lit Look Unlit Photographers just starting out with lighting equipment can make the mistake of showing too much in their work: it's generally easy to spot when... Continue Reading...

 

Conquering a Mountain of an Assignment Bonus Video Included

Recently, commercial photographer Ian Spanier was commissioned to shoot a group of competitors at a grueling Spartan Race. Though the obstacles of such an event are formidable, Ian had his... Continue Reading...

 

Photographing Cyclocross with the TritonFlash Bonus Video Included

Off-camera flashes and strobes offer powerful creative options and they solve contrast problems when shooting in difficult conditions, such as in the forest. In fact, pro sports and action photographers... Continue Reading...

 

Jay P. Morgan and how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit Bonus Video Included

Jay P. Morgan travels to Boston for a photo-shoot aboard the oldest working ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution. Which meant that he needed to use portable, lightweight, dependable lighting gear. Watch this video to see how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit! Continue Reading...

 

Action on Location: Pro Lighting that’s so Portable! Bonus Video Included

  In this lesson, Canadian photographer Trevor Sherwin demonstrates some straightforward techniques in capturing stunning action shots on location. In the behind-the-scenes video, Trevor discusses the merits of the Photoflex... Continue Reading...

 

Pacific Coast Highway

In this lesson, photographer David Cross and the Photoflex® crew take a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to an old agricultural equipment warehouse to photograph a beautiful fashion... Continue Reading...

 

Unique and Enduring Bridal Portraits, Part 1

Petaluma, California-based wedding and portrait photographer Michael Corsentino debuts for Photoflex and PhotoflexLightingSchool with an in-depth lesson that explains how to make the most out of a wedding portrait session.... Continue Reading...

 

Testing the TritonFlash™ in Extreme Conditions

Anchorage, Alaska. The hearty souls who live here don’t experience very long or warm days in the wintertime, but that doesn’t stop them from being active... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting an Alaskan Ultra Runner Outdoors

Outdoor photographers know that the best light can sometimes be the most challenging to work with. If you have strong light falling on your background, your subject often ends up... Continue Reading...

 

Blending Beauty Light with Natural Light

  Photographer Benjamin Clay embarks on an early morning location portrait session. Careful preparation and the right equipment helped make this shoot a success. Follow along as Ben makes quick... Continue Reading...

 

Shooting Gritty Editorial Fashion Portraits

In this lesson, acclaimed photographer Michael Corsentino demonstrates how to create gritty and fashionable editorial location portraits. As with all environmental portraiture, the location is key for setting the right... Continue Reading...

 

Mother & Daughter on the Beach

The beach is a wonderful place to have a fun family outing, but getting great photos of the experience isn’t easy, especially at midday. Most of us agree... Continue Reading...

 

Overpowering the Sun with the TritonFlash™

  Ever since Photoflex® released the TritonFlash™ battery-powered strobe, photographers from all over the globe have been generating more buzz about its features and benefits than the company... Continue Reading...

 

Unique and Enduring Bridal Portraits, Part 2 Bonus Video Included

In part two of Michael Corsentino’s “Unique and Enduring Bridal Portraits” lesson, the Petaluma, California-based wedding and portrait photographer shows us how dusk and evening situations... Continue Reading...

 

Editorial Fashion on Sand Dunes Bonus Video Included

Canadian Fashion Photographer David Hou dishes up some spectacular eye candy in this very informative lesson. Hou’s choice to simplify the compositions by choosing a stark location on... Continue Reading...

Flash - Studio Strobe

 

Photographing Cyclocross with the TritonFlash Bonus Video Included

Off-camera flashes and strobes offer powerful creative options and they solve contrast problems when shooting in difficult conditions, such as in the forest. In fact, pro sports and action photographers... Continue Reading...

 

Enhancing Natural Light for Outdoor Bridal Portraits

Ever wonder how the pros capture that lighting that seems too good to be true? Photographs where there are no harsh shadows on the background and the scene looks naturally... Continue Reading...

 

Using the StarFlash® 300watt Outdoors

Using artificial light in outdoor settings is one of the most useful techniques every professional portrait photographer should know. There is a common belief among some photographers that artificial lighting... Continue Reading...

 

A Glamour Advertising Shoot Done Quickly

Paul Markow has been shooting professionally for over 30 years. He considers himself very lucky to work at a creative job that most people only dream of doing. Paul is home... Continue Reading...

 

Rainy Day Magic on a Sunny Day Bonus Video Included

In this lesson, commercial photographer Jay P. Morgan shows how to combine special effects with good basic lighting to achieve an exciting rain scene portrait. This special effect of producing... Continue Reading...

Continuous Lights - Tungsten

 

An Outdoor Halloween Portrait

Another Halloween season is here and what better way to get ready for the big day (or night) than by preparing a simple portrait shoot. In this lesson, photographer Ben Clay examines a few simple lighting techniques to help you with any themed portrait. You'll be sure to capture the Halloween mood you're after. (Just remember that nothing squashes the visual aura of a Halloween scene more effectively than a built-in flash!) Continue Reading...

 

An Outdoor Halloween Portrait

Another Halloween season is here and what better way to get ready for the big day (or night) than by preparing a simple portrait shoot. In this lesson, photographer Ben Clay examines a few simple lighting techniques to help you with any themed portrait. You'll be sure to capture the Halloween mood you're after. (Just remember that nothing squashes the visual aura of a Halloween scene more effectively than a built-in flash!) Continue Reading...

 

Shooting the Switcheroo Catalog

Los Angeles toy photographer Brian McCarty is back with more fun in this hands-on look at photographing toy artwork on location in relatively tight quarters. Here, you'll see how... Continue Reading...

Reflectors/Diffusers

 

A Skatepark Portrait Bonus Video Included

Portland, Oregon photographer Bryce Kanights has been a professional action sports photographer for the past 25 years. His work primarily involves action photography and environmental portraiture. With this shoot, he set... Continue Reading...

 

Lighting Rain and Pulling Stills from a Canon EOS-1DC Bonus Video Included

  For this lesson, photographer Jay P. Morgan went on location to create a series of rain shots with the new Canon 1DC. His goal was to shoot all video... Continue Reading...

 

Fashion Lighting with a Single Reflector Bonus Video Included

  My name is Jeff Rojas and I'm a professional photographer. But I'm also a small business owner, an entrepreneur. It's my responsibility to make smart investments.... Continue Reading...

 

Bouncing and Diffusing Light for Outdoor Bridal Portraits

  One of the difficulties in shooting weddings or portraits outdoors is that the available light is not always ideal for photographs. In fact, it's usually the opposite. With... Continue Reading...

 

Diffusing Sunlight with Backyard Portraits

So you've been considering venturing outside to shoot portraits, but you're concerned you may not have the right gear to do it right? Rest assured, you don't... Continue Reading...

 

Underwater Bride and Groom

In today's competitive wedding photography market, it's important to brand your work so you can set yourself apart from the crowd. Part of branding requires that you approach... Continue Reading...

 

Using the LitePanel Kit to Control Contrast Outdoors

  Producing commercial lifestyle shots outdoors can be quite an undertaking. In this type of photo-shoot, there are many elements to coordinate, including location, weather, models, props, wardrobe, hair/makeup,... Continue Reading...

 

Shooting Models Outdoors for Catalog Work

Ever wonder how those clothing catalog shoots are done? In many cases, the production is very simple with respect to lighting and camera work. Simpler than you might expect. This... Continue Reading...