Flashpoint’s 14” Fluorescent Dimmable Ring Light ($140) is by no means a perfect product. It’s not the sturdiest of creations; it seems to have about as much metal in it as a pair of sunglasses. It’s bright but not powerful; bright enough to want those sunglasses if you find yourself on the business end. With all that said, this light may be the best value in the lighting market today. [more]
When it comes to shaping the light sources photographers use, there are a lot of modifiers available. Each lighting modifier has it’s own characteristics which can make it difficult to determine the best light for your project. Karl Taylor has produced one of the best videos I’ve ever seen showing exactly how the light fall off, contrast, and specularity differs between the parabolic reflectors, beauty dish, and large octabox softbox. [more]
Photographing weddings can be tough for a lot of people, and the area I find most of my assistants struggling is at the reception. Many times throughout a wedding you can rely on natural light, but what is going to make or break your reception images is your ability to master artificial lighting. In this free excerpt from the full Fstoppers wedding tutorial, we share four of our most used lighting setups so you can take the guess work out of properly lighting a wedding venue. [more]
Do you use color theory as inspiration for your photography? If you are ever feeling stuck or are in a rut, I have found the color wheel is a great source of inspiration! There are many different ways to look through a color wheel, but my favorite is using Adobe Kuler. Let me show you how I used it for inspiration.
The first ever Fstoppers Workshop is taking place at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas from May 28th – June 1st. If you’re planning on coming you should buy your tickets now to save the most money. [more]
You probably know by now that natural light from a window will create beautiful images. This free and readily available light source is my first go-to when shooting food and portraits. It yields beautiful results, but has a downside. It can change on you throughout a shoot. In order to achieve the look you are after, it is best to understand your options and find the best natural light source for you!
I’m a huge fan of the Profoto gear. When I came across this behind the scenes video on Profoto’s blog, I just had to share it with you guys. To kick off the “Year of the Horse” Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong came up with a creative shoot in the middle of the forest. [more]
I would like to wrap up my Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits series in a quick roundup on the most common mistakes I have been noticing beginner Beauty photographers make.
I will sure talk more about Beauty photography in the future, but I’d like to summarize a few things at this point.
This year for Christmas I wanted to surprise my father with his dream car, an original Chevrolet Camaro convertible in hugger orange with white rally stripes. Being that I’m a photographer I decided to photograph the car and give my father a framed print of the car before I revealed that I am actually giving him the car.
If you’re a fan of listening to photography podcasts then you’re probably no stranger to Jared Polin’s (Fro Knows Photo) RAWtalk where Jared and buddy Stephen Eckert (an incredibly talented concert photographer) chat about all things photography. The podcast is also recorded for Youtube and is actually a pretty extensive setup. [more]
Boasting a CRI of 90, bi-color options, and an output 1600 lux at 4ft, this Indiegogo campaign for an LED light takes a look at technology that’s not old, but not exactly new either. Read on to find out what makes this LED light unique from others on the market today. [more]
In this article I would like to share some of the basics and tips for those of you who enjoy shooting beauty portraits with controlled artificial lighting.
Make sure to check out my previous articles of this series: Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: On Location Lighting and Composition and visual balance.
UPDATE: WE’RE SOLD OUT – 6 years ago I built a collapsible softbox that could easily fit in my pocket while I was shooting weddings. I built this product for myself and never dreamed that it would become a real product one day. 2 years ago Patrick and I set out to have the “Flash Disc” mass produced and patented. We just received our patent and first batch. Order now and get 3 before Christmas. [more]
I am continuing my series of articles about creating stunning Beauty portraits and I would like to talk about on location lighting today. Please note that not only are we talking about advertising Beauty photography, examples of which you may see in the cosmetics section of a department store, or in fashion magazine ads, but we are also talking about simple female Beauty portraits that many of you are probably often hired to photograph for your female clients locally. [more]
One of the biggest niches in commercial photography today is food photography. We’ve all had the same experience, walk into a small local restaurant and ask to see their menu. The photos look atrocious and you wonder to yourself, “who took these photos?” You know you can probably do a better job, but how much better can you really do? “Photographing Food” an ebook series by Taylor Mathis helps you take ordinary food photos and makes them extraordinary. [more]