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Interview with a Model: Cat RoPo

[youtube]http://youtu.be/AH1JsFNC9Zc[/youtube] Cat RoPo is a freelance model working in the New York City area. Having worked with Cat a few times, I thought she’d be able to offer some great advice and insight from a model’s perspective.  In this interview, among other topics, we talk about what some models look for when deciding on who […]

One-Light and V-Flat Reflector

An artist friend of mine, Allyson Lipkin, dropped by the studio the other day and we did a very quick shoot that resulted in several shots I’m very happy with. The entire shoot was done with a single Alien Bees B800 and a shoot-through umbrella. So, the one-light magic strikes again. But is it really […]

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Using Hot Lights

Check out the new video posted  in the Members Area about using hot lights instead of flash.  There, I go into detail about the advantages of using hot lights, as well as the problems you might encounter, and how to deal with them.  In the video I demonstrate how I used the Arri 650w Tungsten […]

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How I Shot It: 1979 Theme Shoot

In this video, I explore the photography of the late 1970s by attempting to recreate some of the looks from back then.  Influences and references were Studio 54, Guy Bourdin, various music videos, and advertising. One of the things that struck me when looking at the fashion and promo photos from back in the day, […]

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Mixing Flash and Natural Backlighting

I demonstrate mixing flash with natural backlighting for hair and rim lighting effects.  

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Underexpose Film for Grain Effects

Episode #3 of Flirting with Film: “Underexpose for Grain Effects.”  I shoot a roll of Kodak Portra 800 in low-light conditions in order to maximize on grain.  Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be updated when new videos come out. Above:  Notice the thin area of this negative (shadow). Although there […]

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Flirting With Film: Episode 2

Episode #2 of my video series, Flirting with Film is now available on my YouTube channel.  Hang out with me as I burn through a roll of medium format in Central Park. Watch me shoot the snowy landscapes and scenery as I slowly lose feeling in my hands and feet.  Make sure to subscribe to […]

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Video: White Balance

Here’s a video clip that might help further illustrate some of the points on the previous post, Working with White Balance.

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Working with White Balance

The following question came to me recently, so I thought I’d answer it here: Q:  I have a few questions/misunderstandings about white balance (WB) and how to set it as close as possible in camera settings. I know it may be difficult to set perfect WB, but setting a proper WB can be confusing for […]

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Five Portrait Lighting Patterns You Should Know

Traditional portrait lighting is the foundation of all good portraiture.  This is something I stress in several of my eBooks, and in this post, I’ll describe the five basic lighting patterns and include a video for reference.  I hope you find it useful. The five lighting patterns are listed here: Short Lighting:  good for most […]