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 »

eBooks: Great Tips for Portraiture Lighting


Good portraiture skills are crucial to successful photography, but surprisingly, very few photographers have an adequate understanding of all the necessary techniques.  Even many professionals lack what I’d consider some of the essential skills. Sure, anyone can get lucky on the occasional shoot.  And many photographers have a few simple go-to tricks, but that isn’t… 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 »

Why You Should Learn to Headshot Photography Techniques


The headshot could be considered a portrait photographer’s fundamental skill.  After all, it’s a basic necessity for any client who’s in the public eye, or otherwise needs a good representation of their likeness for things like resumes, press releases, corporate use, casting, and even online profiles. In many ways, creating a good headshot can be… 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 »