Posts Tagged: beginner

Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes

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Here is a quick list of several common portrait lighting mistakes that beginners, and even pros, often make.  Why are they mistakes?  Because the goal of most portraiture is to depict the subject in a flattering, or at the very least, recognizable, way.  When there’s a problem with lighting or technique, you’ll often get just… Read more »

What Equipment Do I Need to Shoot Weddings?

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  One question that pops up pretty often is, “What gear do I need to shoot [fill in the blank]?” In other words, if someone’s planning to do weddings, sports, landscapes, etc., they often want to know what they need to have in their kit. On the one hand, it’s easy enough for me to… Read more »

Off-Camera Flash Radio Triggers and i-TTL, E-TTL

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I want to address a type of question that comes up every now and then regarding off-camera flash radio triggers.  Variations on this question seem to stem from a misunderstanding (or lack of understanding) about how flash exposure works at a basic level vs. how automatic flash works with systems like Canon’s E-TTL II and… Read more »

How To Set up a Softbox

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  The first time I tried to figure out how to set up a softbox, I was lost.  I made this for people who find themselves in that position. Featured: Photoflex LiteDome Q3-9 Lastolite Ezbox Hotshoe Softbox Alien Bees B800 Canon 580EX II

Interview with a Model: Cat RoPo

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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 to… Read more »

Working with White Balance

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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… Read more »

On-Camera Fill Flash

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In this video, I provide a quick overview of on-camera fill flash for outdoor portraiture.  I know that using your flash on the hot shoe isn’t the sexiest technique in the world, but sometimes it’s the best way to go, especially for things like outdoor event shots, where things are moving quickly and conditions aren’t… Read more »

Good Backgrounds Are Everywhere

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Do you need an exciting location to make great people photos?  Not really.  As a matter of fact, the more “location” you put in the shot, the less emphasis you’re going to have on the person featured in it.  Sometimes that’s okay, because sometimes the story is not just about the person, but also about… Read more »

Best Photography Instruction of 2013

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The following is a list of the most popular learning resources for photographers we offered this year.  All in one convenient place, so you can check each one out with a simple click. Photography Series and Courses Steele Training Videos: Phil Steele brings you Photoshop Basics for Photographers, How to Shoot Professional Looking Headshots and… Read more »

Clamshell Lighting

For this post on clamshell lighting, I’m pulling something directly from my eBook, Lighting Guide 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… Read more »