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The Best Lighting Patterns for Portrait Photo Shoots

This post is written and sponsored by Venture Photography. Portrait photography is highly specific. To be successful, you need great understanding of aesthetics and the right equipment which is why many couples and families turn to professional photographers for their group photo shoots. Proper light is very important for capturing the best facial features and […]

PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box

I purchased two PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers (here’s the one for Nikon) for use with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon Speedlite 580EX II. This morning I took them out of their boxes, put the batteries in, put one on my speedlight (which was mounted on a light stand) and one on my camera’s hot shoe. […]

Flash, Strobe, or Constant Light?

When casting light upon your photographic subject, which is better, flashes and strobes, or constant light sources such as bulbs and lamps? The answer, as in many things in life, is “it depends”. Five Reasons To Use A Flash or Strobe: 1. You really need to be able to direct, modify and shape the light. […]

Light Meter Basics

One of the most essential items of gear that a photographer must have in his or her arsenal is a light meter (even though Steve didn’t mention it in his last article, and yes I jump at the chance to tease him). Some would argue that the light meter is just as important as the […]

Building a Photography Studio

By Steve Russell You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing. Well, maybe not, but I haven’t had an article here for the last three weeks or so. And the reason is that we’ve been in the process of moving from Florida back to Texas. Still not settled in and […]

Backgrounds and Backdrops Outside The Studio

By Steve Russell Last week, on the subject of backgrounds and backdrops, I focused on the studio environment; a place where the photographer is in control. I thought it would be good to complement that article with one where the photographer has less control; outside the studio. In doing so I’ve decided to list a […]

Studio Backdrops/Backgrounds

By Steve Russell When you look at most professional portraits you might think that the photographer had a really nice studio in a room of their home or even a really nice space in an office building or a retail building. The truth is that most photographers have their studios in old warehouses, garages of […]

Christmas Wish List 2011 – Prepare for Black Friday – Part II

By Steve Russell Black Friday is this week. As a complement to Tiffany’s article on November 11, I thought I would put together a Christmas Wish List for the advanced photographer in your life or if that photographer is you, a list you can give to someone else as a hint. As Tiffany suggested, get […]

Understanding Light in Photography – Beginner Level

The word “photography” comes from the Greek, photos – light – and graphos – writing, delineation, or painting. In other words, photography is light painting. As humans, we don’t see color, we see light. The retina of our eyes contains two types of photoreceptors (light receptors) called rods and cones. The rods are more sensitive […]

Review: Studio Lighting 101 Workshop by SnapFactory

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Studio Lighting 101 Workshop hosted by Mark Wallace and Snapfactory in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Wallace is a fixture in the photography world, well known for his approachable and engaging instructional videos on Adorama.tv’s Digital Photography One on One series, Pocket Wizard tutorials, and more. The one […]