Posts Tagged: beginner

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 »

Video: 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, 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 »