Posts Tagged: lighting

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 »

eBooks: Great Tips for Portraiture Lighting

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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 »

New Video & eBook: Anatomy of a Production Day

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Dan Hostettler has put together a great behind-the-scenes instructional package featuring a 2-hour video production and a massive (over 200-pages!) eBook that virtually puts you at Dan’s side every step of the way.  The Anatomy of a Production Day, is a well-produced documentary-style video that walks you through the planning and production stages of a… Read more »

New Photography Magazine, The LIGHT Side Digest

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Ian Pack and friends have just released the first issue of The LIGHT Side Digest.  The eMagazine features some of the most useful content as contributed to the popular, The LIGHT Side photography group on Facebook.  It’s available now as a free download from Pack’s website, and contains several good articles on lighting and studio… Read more »

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 »

How To Use Rim Lighting to Separate Subject from Background

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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

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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 »