Lighting for Simple Portraits

Lighting for Simple Portraits

Whether or not you want to do them, at some point you’ll be the person with the “good” camera and be called upon to shoot some portraits for family and friends.  This doesn’t mean it has to be hard or expensive.  To do a decent job you need a hotshoe mount flash, often called a speed light and a white ceiling and for more advanced lighting, you need a flash, a radio control kit, a light stand, an umbrella bracket and an umbrella.  It really could not get much simpler.

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Common Concerns and Issues When It Comes to Printing

Common Concerns and Issues When It Comes to Printing

More photographers and snap shooters are printing!  Hooray!  A photograph is not finished until it is printed.  With an increasing number of folks realizing that pictures go to die on your smartphone, on your computer and on social media, the volume of prints is going up.  And that has raised some concerns not experienced in the on screen only world.  In this article, we will look at a few issues and propose some solutions for them.

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Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

Hey folks.  Let me be clear about something straight up.  Street photography is not about technology or a particular brand, it’s a process, an ethos and also a means of interaction with the rest of the world.  It has a wide range of approaches, some of which I really despise so I wanted to take the non-voyeuristic approach and also see if the size and shape of the camera I was using had an impact on my ability to make images.

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Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

In this and coming articles I focus on the needs of the ladies and gentlemen who want and will pay for better quality, but who are likely independents or have minimal funding.  This does not mean that bigger studios will not use Sigma lenses, the smart ones will. It also means that smaller shops can now be shooting with true cinema glass at lower cost than has ever been readily available.

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Photolemur : A Quick Look

Photolemur : A Quick Look

I’ve had a good working affiliate relationship with the folks at Skylum since they started up as Macphun. I like their products and appreciate the attitude that they bring to the marketplace. They’ve got an AI based tool expected in September of 2018 and allowed me to work with a prerelease version for this article. Please note that I am working with early code, and more features and functions may appear in the shipping product. As I write this, it’s preorder only with an MSRP of $55.

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Photographic Training : Do You Need It?

Photographic Training : Do You Need It?

Just as a musician practices scales to build dexterity, and to open the mind to possibility, the photographer needs practice to make better images.  This brings the questions of what and how to practice, and where to find the ideas, the guidance and the coaching to do so.


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Canon Announces the EOS R

Canon Announces the EOS R

Building on their position as a leader in digital imaging for both photography and video, the long-rumoured Canon full frame mirrorless camera has been announced. The Canon EOS R is the first in a series of brand-new full frame mirrorless bodies to come from Canon.  It is joined on release by four brand new lenses using Canon’s new RF mount.

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News from Think Tank Photo

News from Think Tank Photo

Hey folks.  If you were not already clear that I love the stuff from Think Tank Photo, well, now you are.  I have bought many bags from the company over the years and have never been disappointed in the usability, build quality or practicality of their products.  I have seen many other offerings and none achieve the breadth and scope of what comes out of the company. Read the article for some great news!

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Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers

Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers

Jaimie over at ShootDotEdit noticed a post I had made about some really disparaging statements made over at Brides magazine and asked if I would be willing to share a link to their site where they have made a document on Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers available.

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