Posts Tagged: lighting

Guide to Flash Photography


Flash photography should be easy… I mean, second-nature, do-it-without-thinking easy. So why isn’t it? Here are some of the top things a lot of people are struggling with: 1)  Outdoor flash that looks too “flashy” or unnatural. 2)  Backgrounds that are too dark. 3)  Can’t seem to get a good white background effect. 4)  Just… Read more »

How To Use Rim Lighting to Separate Subject from Background


Rim lighting is an effective way to visually separate the subject from the background especially when it might be hard to distinguish one from the other because of an intersection of similar tones.  The rim (or kicker) light creates a thin highlight around the edges of the subject, partially outlining her with bright light. A… Read more »

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


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


  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 »

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,… Read more »

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.

Five Portrait Lighting Patterns You Should Know

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  Traditional portrait lighting patterns are 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 Portrait Lighting Patterns Short Lighting:  good for most… Read more »

Interview: Bill Gekas

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Bill Gekas is a portrait photographer residing in Melbourne, Australia.  His Old Masters-style portraiture featuring his daughter are skillfully crafted and captivating.  Here, we talk about his tools and methodology, and how he developed his unique style. How did your style come about?  Was it something you envisioned and decided to try to create, or… Read more »