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 »
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Replacing backgrounds is an effective way to create a new look for our photos, but we can also add elements to the foreground of an image to give it extra impact. The subject isn’t always the closest thing to your camera, so why not reflect that in your creative composite work? In the following poster-style… Read more »
In Episode #5 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya RZ67 Pro II,” I offer an overview of the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format SLR camera. The Mamiya RZ67 Pro II is a medium format single lens reflex camera produced in the mid 1990’s. It’s part of a modular system, and features interchangeable lenses and viewfinders,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
An overview of the use of diopters for close-up and macro photography. For more instruction, get the eBook, Introduction to Close-Up and Macro Photography.
Episode #4 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya C3.” I give an overview of the Mamiya C3 Twin Lens Reflex medium format camera. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can be updated when new videos come out.
One of the interesting things about close-up photography is how it allows you to take advantage of the narrow field of view in a typical shot. In close-up work, your subject and setup are on a much smaller scale, which includes the visible background appearing beyond the subject area. This means you can use “mini-backgrounds,”… Read more »
Check out this new interview with Neil van Niekerk, NJ/NYC-based photographer, author, and educator. Great advice in this Q&A. Neil dropped by the studio and answered a few questions about his work, what aspiring photographers should know, and how to move forward with your photography; never stop learning.
I asked our Facebook group members what camera, format, lighting, etc. they’d most love to add to their kit, or switch to? Many of us think alike. I was surprised to see so many interested in medium format. There’s also plenty of interest in the new mirrorless systems from the likes of Fuji and… Read more »