If photography is light, then lighting is everything. It’s the way in which the photographer manipulates his or her light that sets them apart from the others and distinguishes their style as an artist. I use a Beauty Dish exclusively as my light modifier of choice, now indoors and out. The Beauty Dish magically enhances skin and makeup pigments, making it the perfect choice as a main or primary fill,   Read More ...

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I’m asked all of the time how I get that beautiful “glow” in Photoshop, I wish… I haven’t figured that one out yet, I use a special light modifier called the Beauty Dish. Fifteen years ago a photographer on ModelMayhem wrote and asked me how I get such wonderful skin effects in Photoshop. I wrote her back and explained; since I specialize in Beauty Photography I am very critical of   Read More ...

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Shooting on Chroma-key or Green Screen backdrops have come a long way with today’s technological advances. The purpose of this article is to explore the advantages of one plugin in particular; the Easy Green Screen 3.0 plugin, available from: photoshopgreenscreen.com, as Freeware. The plugin is available for all versions of Photoshop, CS or higher, running on Macintosh or Windows. I teach a very successful Chroma-Key workshop and I’m always amazed   Read More ...

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This is the first of a two part, in depth field test with the Pixel King flash triggers. The Pixel King flash triggers are available for a wide array of modern, TTL camera systems. Mine just happens to be designed for Nikon’s. I used the triggers with various other non-TTL, third market speedlights and with Nikon SB-600/800/900 speedlights, as noted below. How did I ever manage to work at all   Read More ...

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The past couple of months I have had a tremendous amount of e-mail asking how to select a studio lighting systems. That is simple with an unlimited budget, for the rest of us careful consideration must be taken to use our money wisely and get the most Bang for the Buck… In photography lighting is everything and everything is the light. All studio strobes have specific characteristics and preference curves   Read More ...

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Every sense Jim, published his article on Shooting in Small Spaces, we have had several letters requesting more. I’m personally a studio snob. I love large rooms with high ceilings, but occasionally I am forced to shoot in smaller rooms myself. One winter I was driven out of my studio by some construction in an adjacent unit and forced to shoot in my living room for several months. I thought   Read More ...

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Studio Lighting Fundamentals: I’m receiving a lot of mail asking me to explain a little more of the thought process that goes into the “methods of my madness, when deciding how to configure lighting setups“. I skipped a few important steps when I fist started writing lighting tutorials. Perhaps I assumed this was common knowledge, but lets just start at the very beginning for those questing more. My setups are   Read More ...

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Now that you are an independent business, you need to identify and connect with your clientele. Various tools are available to assist you and your Portfolio is the most valuable! You should consider your portfolio as you would a storefront. This is what your customers see and will hopefully attract business you way. The most important factor is to know your audience, whether you are a Model, Makeup Artist or   Read More ...

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I love the Holiday season and this is a wonderful opportunity to share some of my photography with family and friends. Making your own cards couldn’t be easier with blank InkJet or Laser printer cards, available everywhere. Creating perfect holiday photo cards should be an enjoyable experience and not an agonizing chore. Choosing a great photo can be easier said than done. if you have an individual in mind. Trying   Read More ...

Are you bored with shooting the same old identical poses on the same old identical backdrops? You have heard “Blue Screen” could be the path for you but you just art not sure how to get started and don’t what to invest a fortune to get started. I faced a learning curve back in the early days of this technology through trial and error. Today the entire process is simplified   Read More ...

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Color Management – An easy introduction to consistent true colors in capture – edit – print By Klaus Bjarner of DataColor Why do we need to spend time on color management? Color management is the process of ensuring that colors are true and consistent throughout the entire workflow, from capture to edit to final print or display. Every device displays colors differently. Printer, scanner and monitor each have their own   Read More ...

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The most critical issue facing every photographer is how our final images look, both in Print and on the Internet. We have invested in quality equipment and we spend the time and effort on post-processing only to see our work elsewhere and worse yet, to be embarrassed by something major we missed in post-processing. With this article we are primarily concerned with the monitor’s Black Point calibration. Preference: It was   Read More ...

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Studio Glamour: I am really comfortable working in the controlled environment of a studio. I always say what ever works best for you, “Just Do It..” As I mentioned, my style is far more fashion oriented so I do not tend to shoot a lot of glamour in the studio these days. Subsequently, many of the examples are commercial or art. They will also serve as some of my more   Read More ...

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The Lighting Detail Explained: Tiera and I lived so close to one another we would shot on a weekly basis for over a year. Quite often we would only have time to shoot one or two looks, so we liked to keep our projects very simple. We always planned our shots in every detail via a quick phone call. I trusted Tiera’s creativity and that extra little touch of elegance   Read More ...

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The Lighting Detail Explained: Mandy’s Daisey Duke look. (above). NOTE: I am trying something new with this article, by including the lighting diagrams (which open in popups) as well as the thoughts on the subject in general. The information included on this site was never intended as a “How-to” guide, but after several e-mails requesting more in depth information for new photographers, I am attempting to share some thoughts pertinent   Read More ...

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This information is provided as a reference and because the official Nikon configuring CLS portion of the camera(s) manual suckz!! We also will be using advanced remote flash configurations in an upcoming tutorial on outdoor Fill Flash photography. Canon has a similar system, which is rumored to be incorporated in the 7D and possibly various other models or by purchasing an external optional controller. Canon users are encouraged to post   Read More ...

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I put together a few notes and random thoughts to share some of my limited experience with those interested. This page is open while under construction. The Modeling Industry So you want to break into the Modeling Industry… The Modeling Industry is a fun and exciting world! It can also have swift treacherous waters. Competition is fierce. I’m asked all the time, “How do I make my big break”, so   Read More ...

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