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Finding Perfect Light With Homemade Light Modifiers

What is “perfect lighting?” It will differ for every style of photography and every photographer’s style. For my food photography, I think the perfect lighting is the soft, beautiful, natural light found from a large window with indirect sun coming through. Unfortunately, most of the locations where I have to go and shoot food don’t have this light that I am looking for. In order to get the shoot done, I have to to create the light. What if I could create this “perfect light” and have it for every assignment?

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Light Blaster: A Strobe Based Image Projector

I have started to see a trend with using projectors to add some flair to photos. However most portable projectors do not pump out the brightest light and cannot run off batteries alone. Meet the Light Blaster. A new tool that uses your speed light and lens to project slides in your photos, from backgrounds, special effects, and anything else you can dream up.
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Behind the Scenes of a Day of the Dead Photoshoot

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that has seen a spike in exposure in the United States the past few years making it a perfect subject for a photoshoot. Follow Jay P. from The Slanted Lens as he takes you behind the scenes of his latest shoot featuring a model dressed up as a Calavera (sugar skull) posing in an eerie cemetery backdrop. [more]

Using Photography to Put an Awesome Twist on a Family Game

The Fourth of July has come and gone here in the states and while most photographers spend that evening trying to capture the light of the explosions, I opted to give my family something fun to do after the shows. That turned into an awesome game. It went over so well that I pretty much have to share it with you. [more]

Easy and Elegant Ring Shots in Under 3 Minutes

One essential part of almost every wedding day is the rings. Not only are the rings a symbol of a couple’s love and commitment to one another, they also usually cost a good deal of money. Capturing an amazing picture of the rings can not only wow your clients, it also adds great value to your portfolio. The best part is, getting a fantastic ring shot can be simple and quick. [more]

An Introduction to Outdoor Food Photography

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer is officially here! This means plenty of picnics, outdoor barbecues, and many more occasions where you can take pictures of food outside! When outside, you won’t have control of the weather conditions. To be able to have nice, soft, diffused light in any weather, there is one piece of equipment that I always bring with me. It is small, light-weight, and essential to creating mouthwatering pictures of food on a bright sunny day. Can you guess what it is?

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Great Trick for Pouring Liquid in a Product Shot

Photographer Rob Grimm has posted a nice little BTS of his ‘Micro Brewery Project’ – where the photographs feature some various beers from the United States based on “unique bottle design, label, and/or flavor profile.” The video starts out with a great, little trick for creating an even pour in a photo. The bottle itself is clamped in place, but by using twine, nail polish remover and fire, you can cleanly remove the bottom. [more]

Joe McNally on Creating Lighting That Matches the Character of Your Location

Joe McNally does it again with a great video on making sure you’re lighting for your overall scene. He breaks down the editorial by first discussing the message he wants to communicate, and then goes on to explain the whys and hows for lighting to achieve that vision. McNally is a great teacher and is able to convey these ideas in a way that even those new [more]

Flash Vs. HDR For Interiors And Real Estate Photography, Part II: Mood And Color Case Study

About six months ago, I wrote a piece comparing flash techniques to HDR and ambient-only techniques when shooting for architecture and interiors clients. There was some great discussion involved and many valid points raised, and I’d like to take a few minutes to bring up another scenario that really shows the benefits of using flash whenever possible when dealing with interior or architectural situations. [more]

Lindsay Adler Shows a Creative Way Of Using a Window As a Light Source

Portrait and fashion photographer Lindsay Adler is not only a great photographer, but also a superb educator. Just recently she did a session with creativeLive on studio lighting, and also taped a new show with Framed Network. In her most recent video, Lindsay shows a very cheap (between $0 and $20) way to create beautiful soft light just by using your window and some black foam core. No need in expensive strobes, no need in extra equipment. and the results are amazing. [more]

Joey L. Creates Indoor Blizzard For Unique Portraits

One guy in our industry that continually impresses me with his execution of beautiful environmental portraits is Joey L. One concept he has been wanting to shoot for sometime is some portraits of “artic explorers” but rather than fight with the elements of the weather he pulled it all off in studio. Read on to learn how it was done and what equipment was used. [more]

creativeLIVE – Comprehensive Lighting Essentials Week

Beginning tomorrow and spanning through the weekend, creativeLIVE will be hosting their Lighting Essentials workshop with the likes of Lindsay Adler, Rick Friedman, Roberto Valenzuela, Tony Corbell, and Chuck Arlund. Spanning the remainder of the week, these five awarding winning and critically acclaimed photographers will teach you everything you’ll need to know to manipulate the light in photographs. Click the more link for an entire breakdown of the schedule. [more]

The Kick: Wirelessly Controlled LED Panel From An iPhone

Photojojo.com is well known for having a ton of fun photography related products. Their latest happens to be a LED light panel that can be controlled from an iPhone.

The Kick is a five row LED light panel that can be customized to any color temperature through a downloadable app. The unit runs on a USB rechargeable battery which is a huge plus.   [more]

Use Colored Smoke Bombs to Accent Your Photos

Summer is upon us, which means fireworks. Previously, we have discussed using alternative methods to get smoke-like effects in your photographs. But using flour can make for a messy clean-up and smoke machines require electricity. Smoke balls, however, are cheap, come in a variety of colors and require nothing more than a lighter.
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Learn Wedding Photography For Free

Along with our recent release of How to Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer, we’ve featured several behind the scenes videos on how other photographs prepare for and shoot weddings. It’s always worth a look to investigate what other wedding photographers outside of your area are doing differently. Rest assured, Doug Gordon will keep you entertained in his upcoming workshop on creativeLIVE. [more]

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