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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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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Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Hey gang.  It's been a couple of years since the boom time of HDR.  You remember those days, lots of electric, oversaturated, haloed images that made your teeth hurt and your eyes burn?  Yeah I thought so.  Fortunately, those days are mostly past, and it might be time to revisit the entire HDR idea, this time with some history under our belts and a better understanding of what we want to achieve.

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Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

What you will get in this tutorial is a simple, repeatable, three light setup that you can use anywhere with only a little set up time once you have your configuration recorded and that will deliver superb and consistent results.  If you have a conga line of shots to make, the set up doesn't change, and so you can focus on the human skills necessary to bring out the real person.

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Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Backgrounds can be a real challenge for a photographer or videographer.  If we are shooting in ambient light, what is there may not be optimal.  A busy background detracts from the primary subject, or there may be elements that just don’t fit, and while you can use content aware fill in Photoshop to remove these things, we do not yet have that capability in video editing that is easy to do.  In this article, I want to explore some options.

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MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

I've recently been approached by a number of folks who like using portable hard drives for travel and for their photo libraries for their laptops who have been unable to prepare the drives with an Apple file system and partition.  Here's the fix.

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Quick Tip : Guide Numbers and Watt Seconds

Quick Tip : Guide Numbers and Watt Seconds

There is always confusion about the relationship between Guide Number and Watt Seconds (joules) when  talking about flash.  In this Quick Tips video, I try to provide some education on the differences and why you might use this information when making a flash purchase.

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Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

There's a lot of information about HDR on the web, and even more HDR images.  In this Quick Tip video, I take you through the basic capture techniques, and then import the images to Adobe Lightroom and use it's built in HDR function to make the HDR image for final editing in Lightroom.

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Become a Better Photographer with a Handheld Light Meter

Become a Better Photographer with a Handheld Light Meter

We all want to improve as photographers.  And, the cameras that we have available to us today, provide services unimaginable twenty years ago to help us do so.  But as with all things, there are multiple perspectives to a view, and I've learned through experience, that with advanced automation has come a loss in understanding of how to meter shots effectively.  Time to think more clearly about metering.

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Quick Tip : Understanding Dynamic Range (Video)

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A few months ago, a regular reader suggested that I start doing Quick Tips videos.  I happened to be doing some testing on the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Cameras, and shot four videos.  I then promptly forgot about them and only edited one.  This is it and it covers a very fast introduction to the topic of dynamic range.  It's not super in depth, but it will get you up to speed pretty quickly.  Enjoy and if you like the video, please leave a message in the comments.

White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've run into a series of questions from folks pertaining to white balance and colour temperature.  There is some confusion apparently around equating the two and I think that this is worth a conversation.

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Respect Your Professional Seller

Respect Your Professional Seller

Let's be honest.  None of us creatives want to work for nothing.  We get annoyed when a prospect spends a lot of time learning from us, and then gives the business to some dork who will do the job a little cheaper and with a lot less skill.  Now consider who and where you get your photo and video gear from.

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All About Noise

All About Noise

As you may know, I provide support and moderation on some different photography forums, and as often comes around, the subject of grain and noise has appeared again, and as is common, the subject is accompanied by an ocean going freighter filled with bullcrap, pseudo science and completely wrong so-called "facts".

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Medium Format Mirrorless for Street Photography

Medium Format Mirrorless for Street Photography

There's a school of thought for street photography that basically says "hide and be sneaky".  I understand the root of this attitude, the idea being that you will get more authentic images and perhaps more of an emotional charge from sneaking shots of people.

I hate this.  The world has changed in the time since I started photography.  Where in the past, you could walk around with a camera making images and no one cared, today people are much more concerned about being observed and their actions tracked.  That worrying about a single person with a camera when you are tracked by innumerable surveillance cameras that you don't see is, to be blunt, a bit wacky, seems immaterial.  People are rightly concerned about privacy and about how their image may be used.  You may have heard of this thing called the Internet.  Truth and it are not necessarily entwined.

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The Photo Video Guy Guide to Exposing to the Right - ETTR

The Photo Video Guy Guide to Exposing to the Right - ETTR

Exposing to the right is a process to maximize the data that is captured in your images.  It is a workflow process best suited to shooting in RAW with the understanding that some post processing will be required.  It also gives you more latitude than your default exposure will deliver in most all cases.

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