Posts Categorized: Photography Class

Photography Masterclass


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Posing Group Portraits


Old-School is Good School Professional photography used to be about a rare kind of craftsmanship. Way before digital, there was film, paper and chemicals, and retouching was done by hand with ink and a brush. Photographic equipment and materials were expensive and every click of the shutter came with a price. A photographer learned how… Read more »

Why You Should Learn to Headshot Photography Techniques


The headshot could be considered a portrait photographer’s fundamental skill.  After all, it’s a basic necessity for any client who’s in the public eye, or otherwise needs a good representation of their likeness for things like resumes, press releases, corporate use, casting, and even online profiles. In many ways, creating a good headshot can be… Read more »

ND Filters and How To Use Them


Neutral density filters (ND filters) can be an extremely useful tool for achieving proper exposure under challenging lighting conditions.  In this post, I’m going to introduce ND filters and explain what they’re for and how to use them. What is a neutral density (ND) filter? Essentially, an ND filter allows less light to pass through… Read more »

120 Film in 620 Film Cameras

Figure 1. 120 roll film spool, and 620 spool.

The other day I posted an introduction to the Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye Medium Format film camera where I mentioned that the camera is designed to use the now defunct 620 roll film format.  Fortunately, 120 roll film remains a popular and readily available format and is similar in just about every way to the 620… Read more »

Clamshell Lighting

For this post, I’m pulling something directly from my new eBook, Basic Lighting For Portrait Photography.  This is a small section from the larger chapter on Headshots (Chapter 6) which covers a lot of material that builds upon earlier chapters.  I recommend learning the simple techniques in Chapters 2 and 3 first.  In any case,… Read more »

Window Silhouettes and Exposure Adjustments

A quick example of how a simple exposure adjustment can bring out (or blow out) the detail in a window shot. The image on the left is a longer exposure than the image on the right, allowing more light to build up on the sensor, in this case blowing out the detail in the windows…. Read more »

Off-Camera Flash Triggering

Flash Sonia

One of the things photographers often struggle with is the challenge of creating a reliable off-camera flash setup.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of off-camera flash photography versus using only a flash that is mounted to the hotshoe of your camera.  In this article, I’m going to briefly discuss… Read more »

Flash and Ambient Ghosting

Kimberly Freeman of the band, One-Eyed Doll, "ghosted" in image taken at a house party.

  A discussion on mixing flash with ambient light came up on our Facebook group earlier today which included a question about how to prevent ghosting (where there appears to be a residual echo or shadow of the subject alongside the exposure created by the flash).  I thought I’d share some of my response here:… Read more »