Posts Tagged: flash

Portable Three-Point Lighting Setup for Less Than $500

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If you’d like to get the look of professional three-point lighting without breaking the bank, here’s a setup that might work for you.  Unless you’ve got a big budget, you probably can’t justify paying upwards of $5k on a three-point lighting setup.  And although there are some great budget studio lighting alternatives, you’re still looking… Read more »

Bounce Flash: Off-Camera Flash for a Giant Softbox Effect

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One great way to get big, soft, even light for your portraits is by reflecting the light from a small source off of a larger surface.  This is a popular technique when using a camera-mounted flash, but I like to use it with off-camera flash units, too. This shot was taken in a medium-sized room… Read more »

Yongnuo YN560 IV For Off-Camera Flash

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Yongnuo (H.K. Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese interest that has been steadily making inroads into the high-end external flash market long dominated by Canon and Nikon. Yongnuo produces flash and flash triggering/syncing units that are compatible with Canon and Nikon E-TTL/II and i-TTL as well as non-TTL models. Certainly, the goal… 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

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… 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 »

Video Q&A #1

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Photography Q&A.  Question:  What is the best portable gear for environmental portraits? Would speedlights be enough?

Noir In Color

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The Film Noir and Femme Fatale looks are personal favorites.  For those shots, I often try to drop down that polished digital look in favor of the look of grain and/or chemically processed color.  B/W and sepia tones add a little mystery, too. But recently, I opted for a straight-up shot where the feel was… Read more »